Jamie is a Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications graduate from Wrexham Glyndwr who is currently preparing for his ‘working holiday’ to Lisbon, to report on the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals.
He’s agreed to keep us up to date with all the Eurovision shenanigans with a series of blogs while he’s out there, but first he’s kindly given us a few tips on who might be in with a chance of winning.
Israel: Netta - Toy
Bookies favourite and has been for a fair few weeks now. Israel have won the contest on three occasions. The last time they won was in 1998 when Birmingham hosted the contest. Dana International won that contest. I just sense Netta might not win it and the script will be twisted during Eurovision week. Last year Italy were favourites for months before Kyiv 2017. The music video went viral thanks to a dancing chimp, classic Eurovision. Then the semi-finals arrived and Salvador Sobral of Portugal won the hearts of the Eurovision community. It is still early days but Israel will definitely have a great finish but will it be a winning finish?
Bulgaria: Equinox - Bones
Bulgaria have been strong contenders for Eurovision for a few years now. They really want to win it. They finished second last year with Kristian Kostov and are still looking for that first taste of Eurovision glory. Equinox are proving to be quite a popular group ahead of the contest and the song is different from the 42 entry crowd.
Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef - Lie To Me
Another country that have never been crowned Eurovision winners. This is currently my favourite entry out of the lot (not because I want to visit Prague next year, not at all 😉). Mikolas has a really good chance of doing it and he has my vote come the grand finale. Czech Republic's best finish is 25th at the grand final in 2016 and the delegation will want to improve that 25 places better come May 12.
Australia: Jessica Mauboy - We Got Love
A traditional Eurovision song winner is the element of romance and love and that's what Jessica Mauboy has in store for us. Australia are competing... in Europe... for the fourth year in a row and have been strong since their debut in 2015. Runners-up in 2016, they may just steal European hearts on the night of the grand final in Lisbon. Australia have been creeping up the odds table and if they do win the contest they get to pick next year's hosts. It might just be in the land of the three lions 😉
Norway: Alexander Rybak - That's How You Write A Song
You may remember Alexander from the 2009 edition of the contest when he won in Moscow with 'Fairytale'. I never thought Mr Rybak would return to the Eurovision stage nine years later in a bid to win it again. Lena of Germany won in 2010 and represented her country again in 2011 to try and retain the crown, she failed. And sadly feel Alexander's violin won't convince the whole of Europe... and Australia. But it's still a cracking song and the staging is just awesome!