Best of Big 5 in Eurovision 2017 Odds
Eurovision 2016 saw the “Big 5” countries having neither their best nor the worst year at the competition, the highest place gotten by them being the 7th which France finished with Amir’s ”J’ai chérché”. All the others directly qualified countries didn’t placed inside the top 15. Moreover, Germany placed last for the second year in a row with Jamie-Lee’s “Ghost”.
The nations which form the Big 5 will definitely be stronger in Kiev than they were last year in Sweden. Four of them organized a national final in order to select their entry for Ukraine and all of the selected acts got the support from the national broadcaster as all of them are confirmed from some promotional events including London, Madrid, Riga or Amsterda.
France is the only Big Five country to select their act internally, as they went with Alma and her song “Requiem”. After their return to the top 10 with Amir, chosen in the same method, that was the obvious choice. It’s also a similar choice in singer, as Alma is looking to launch her pop career.
Levina won the 3 hour marathon Unser Song contest with her song “Perfect Life”, which is going to represent Germany. It wasn’t exactly a close fight, either: she actually beat herself in the final round, thanks to the structure of the contest. Also: yes, it does sound a bit like “Titanium” by David Guetta & Sia.
Francesco Gabbani won the historic Sanremo Festival in Italy, becoming the first person to win the main competition a year after taking the “Newcomer” award. In doing so, he earned the right to go to Kyiv as Italy’s representative — which he immediately said “yes” to. What’s more, he’ll be bringing his winning song, “Occidentali’s Karma” with him. A big chance to see the gorilla on stage too.
Manel Navarro might not have been the people’s choice in Spain, but he’ll be their act in Kyiv. Manel won the final of Objetivo Eurovision in a dead heat tie with Mirela. “Do It For Your Lover” was the jury’s choice, prompting angry scenes from the studio audience. The anger from some Spanish fans is a stark contrast to Manel’s laid-back entry. His song was already noted by its comparison to Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song”.
The first of the Big Five acts to be chosen, Lucie Jones triumphed in Eurovision: You Decide. The former X Factor UK contestant — who was eliminated from that contest by Jedward — won over five other acts. Her song, “Never Give Up On You”, is written in part by former ESC winner, Emmelie de Forrest. Whilst it wasn’t a big hit in the pre-contest poll, Lucie seems to be gaining some traction with fans thanks to her great live vocal.
Out of them all, Italy and France are in the race for winning the contest and bringing the Eurovision back after many years, UK is hoping for a top 10, while Spain and Germany need a miracle in order to place inside top 15.