Is it Inevitable Ukraine will win the Eurovision Song Contest?

May 14 sees the final of the Eurovision Song Contest being held in Turin, Italy. The contest is often accused of being political. Countries tend to vote for their neighbours (unless they hate them) and barely anyone votes for the United Kingdom despite all the money they pump into the contest.

This year the result looks already confirmed to be a political one. Russia have been disqualified already and it’s Ukraine who are the odds-on favourites to win the contest. The winners traditionally host the contest the following year. Anyone up for a trip to Ukraine next year?

Their song is ‘Stefania’ and performed by the Kalush Orchestra who are apparently a folk-rap group. Even their entry into the contest has been determined by politics. They won the Vidbir competition but only after the initial winner Alina Pash was ruled out as she’d broken the rules. Her sin was breaking the rule that said contestants shouldn’t go to Russia or Crimea.

Trust her to get thrown out the year it appears a goat with a sore throat singing their song backwards could win Eurovision for Ukraine. There are odds of 4/6 at Coral on this ‘ode to a mother.’ They must get through the first semi-final, but all the sympathy votes should see them through and then most likely win the final.

Only once in the last six contests have the UK finished in the top 20. Not since 2009 have they had a top ten finish. Yet, between 1957 and 1986 the UK only failed to get in the top ten on one occasion. Europe seems to have fallen out of love with the UK. If it wasn’t for the fact they automatically qualify for the final, the chances are they’d continually lose in the semi-finals.

This year the UK are represented by Sam Ryder who’s singing ‘Space Monkey.’ The TikTok ‘star’ is available at odds of 15/2 with Ladbrokes. Critics like the song but will the rest of Europe? A win looks unlikely, but a high finish would make a change for the UK.

Italy are the second favourites but the last time a country won the contest two years in a row was in 1994 when Ireland won for the third successive year. This year Mahmood and Bianco are the Italian entries with Brividi. For Mahmood it’s his second Eurovision Song Contest after finishing second three years ago. William Hill give you 6/1 on an Italian win.

Could perhaps the Eurovision Song Contest be won by an anonymous duo? Norway are 50/1 at Betfair to win with the wonderfully named song ‘Give that Wolf a Banana?’ It’s performed by Subwoolfer, a duo who wear yellow wolf-like masks.

We don’t know who they actually are but there is a fictional biography of them. That states they started their career 4.5 billion years ago and did so on the Moon. They claim to be the “most successful band in our galaxy.” They go under the names ‘Keith and Jim’ which aren’t the most common Norwegian names are they? It’s such a serious singing contest isn’t it!

This cheeky couple even released a special version of their song for Valentine’s Day. Did you buy ‘Give That Wolf a Romantic Banana.” They take part in the first semi-final and who knows, might be a decent each-way bet considering some of the previous winners!

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