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Best of Big 5 in Eurovision 2018 Odds

Which of the listed Big Five countries will score the most points in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018?

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The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final is being held in Portugal’s Capital city of Lisbon this year on 12 May.

In the 2018 edition, all these countries have opted for a public preselection, many of them abandoned their traditional internal elections as is the case in France. Germany, for its part, has continued the trail of its pre-selection Unser Lied fur Lissabon , of which Michael Schulte emerged victorious and has positioned himself as one of the favorites of this edition. To give you an idea of what to expect, imagine something Ed Sheeran-y and you’re not far off. Given Sheeran’s worldwide popularity, heading to the contest with a song that like that may not be a bad thing at all.

Madame Monsieur, winners of the French pre-selection Destination Eurovision , will participate with the theme” Mercy” , being the big favorites of the BIG 5. Madame Monsieur, formed in 2013, consists of Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas. Their first album does not seem to have had any impact on the charts in France, but ‘Mercy’ has proved to be a breakout hit. Hopefully ‘Mercy’ won’t be forgotten in the grand final line up this May. It’s the sort of song that would do well in many an international chart.

Italy celebrated the traditional Sanremo Festival, which although it does not give the gold pass to the winners of going to Eurovision, if the opportunity is offered. In this edition, both Ermal Meta and the famous Fabrizio Moro  accepted the proposal and will attend the contest with a theme loaded with a strong message. On the other hand, Eurovision: You Decide gave the passport to Lisbon to SuRie, who presented the renewed “Storm” version , but that still is not one of the proposals that stand out.

Finally, from the Iberian Peninsula, the Da Cançao Festival was used by Portugal to select Claudia Pascoal and the” O Jardim” entry . As in many other preselections has happened, Pascoal obtained the ten points of the jury, but the televot gave her the maximum position, tying with Catarina in the first position. However, the public had a greater weight in case of a tie, and therefore became the flagbearer of Portugal.

Spain, for its part, announced that the talent show Operación Triunfo would be the selection channel for RTVE's representative for Lisbon. A total of nine candidates competed for the passport to Lisbon: five individual songs, three duets and a group theme. Aitana with Arde , Amaia & Alfred with “Tu Canción” and Aitana and Ana Guerra with “Lo Malo” went on to a superfinal round in which the audience decided that Amaia & Alfred would become the Spanish representatives with “Tu Canción” , being the first duo that Spain sends since 1990.

‘Tu Canción’ is a sweet song with a placid melody. There’s little originality to it, but the two singers give puppy-dog eyes to each other and give a passionate performance. Amaia’s voice is quite nice, but Alfred’s could do with a bit of work before the contest. There’s little need for choreography, so hopefully the staging in Lisbon won’t deviate too much from what we saw this evening.