Discussion in 'Special & Novelty Betting' started by Steve_uk, Feb 18, 2016.
It might be worth taking a trip down memory lane to the pre-plastic surgery days of Ira Losco, when she was deprived of victory by the Eastern European and Balkan block vote.
Armenia English Iveta Mukuchyan "LoveWave" —
Croatia English Nina Kraljić "Lighthouse" —
Finland English Sandhja "Sing It Away" —
Greece English, Greek2 Argo "Utopian Land" —
Hungary English Freddie "Pioneer" —
Moldova English Lidia Isac "Falling Stars" —
Netherlands English Douwe Bob "Slow Down" —
Russia English Sergey Lazarev "You Are the Only One" —
San Marino English Serhat "I Didn't Know" —
Austria French Zoë "Loin d'ici" Far from here
Azerbaijan English Samra "Miracle" —
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala "Ljubav je" Love is
Cyprus English Minus One "Alter Ego" —
Czech Republic English Gabriela Gunčíková "I Stand" —
Estonia English Jüri Pootsmann "Play" —
Iceland English Greta Salóme "Hear Them Calling" —
Malta English Ira Losco "Walk on Water" —
Montenegro English Highway "The Real Thing" —
If we take the strongest entries first. I have Russia, Croatia, Armenia and Hungary as my definites. This leaves six more places, and I have chosen Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Netherlands, Austria, Estonia and Czech Republic. Relegated therefore in my reckoning are San Marino, Greece, Moldova, Malta, Finland, Iceland, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Also looking at this group of death we have Dami Im for Australia, and even though I had reservations about whether the song was right for her she should have the stage presence to carry off qualification, going off this clip:
Australia English Dami Im "Sound of Silence" —
Belarus English Ivan "Help You Fly" —
Ireland English Nicky Byrne "Sunlight" —
Israel English Hovi Star "Made of Stars" —
Latvia English Justs "Heartbeat" —
Lithuania English Donny Montell "I've Been Waiting for This Night" —
Macedonia Macedonian Kaliopi "Dona" (Дона) —
Poland English Michał Szpak "Color of Your Life" —
Serbia English Sanja Vučić ZAA "Goodbye (Shelter)" —
Switzerland English Rykka "The Last of Our Kind" —
Albania English Eneda Tarifa "Fairytale" —
Belgium English Laura Tesoro "What's the Pressure" —
Bulgaria English, Bulgarian Poli Genova "If Love Was a Crime" —
Denmark English Lighthouse X "Soldiers of Love" —
Georgia English Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz "Midnight Gold" —
Norway English Agnete "Icebreaker" —
Romania English Ovidiu Anton "Moment of Silence" —
Slovenia English ManuElla "Blue and Red" —
Ukraine English, Crimean Tatar Jamala "1944" —
Here is the Bulgarian entry as promised. I am not overly impressed. http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=bulgaria_premiere_of_if_love_was_a_crime
It might be better to wait for the rehearsals before betting, but here are my tips for non-qualification: Belarus, Israel, Georgia, Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland.
I would recommend Belarus's Ivan to help Moldova's Lidia to learn how to fly to the stars..
and here's Sergey:
I don't think anyone would argue with Russia as the likely winner. I still have Croatia as top 5 and the odds will shorten after the London Eurovision Party next week. You can see the putative French revamp which has them currently second favourite, but with those Easter chicks flouncing aimlessly around the stage I wonder what the critics are raving about:
Australia is more difficult to judge as we are still waiting for a live performance of a song which doesn't suit this Shirley Bassey-type artist. Here's Sweden though:
I still have Latvia ahead of Sweden:
Armenia could get top 5.