We’re just a few days away from the annual festival of finest European kitsch and pop music.
Bearded ladies, Russian babushkas and musicians in monster costumes have graced the world-famous stage in the night that aims to unite a whole continent in one massive party that has both die-hard fans and bitter detractors!
The Grand Final of the 2015 edition of Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will take place on the 23rd of May in Vienna, Austria. This year’s Eurovision is a very special one, because it will mark the 60th anniversary since the first time the show was held and a surprising guest participant has been invited to join the celebrations.
In this article we take a look at some of the highly favoured countries to win this year, including all the weirder acts that are guaranteed to generate the usual hubbub and controversy.
Belarus: Time – Uzari & Maimuna
Belarus was among the first countries to pick their Eurovision entry for this year, having chosen their representatives back in December.
The country will be flying the musical duo Uzari & Maimuna, who will try to enchant audiences around the world with their pop song called Time.
With the help of a violin and plenty of on-stage charisma, the couple have released a suggestive music video which sees Maimuna trapped inside an hourglass as a desperate Uzari runs across sand and dodges flames while intoning: “Time is like thunder ah-ah/ Ah-ah ah-ah/ I don’t wanna wait any longer.”
The song has captured people’s imagination due to its catchy tune and quirky video, however bookmakers aren’t very confident that it has winning potential.
Odds of Belarus winning the Eurovision 2015: 100/1
Finland: Aina mun pitää – Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät
A lot of unusual acts have graced the Eurovision stage over the years, but this year’s entry from Finland might just be one of the most unique yet!
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) is a four-piece punk band whose members all have learning disabilities. Their track, Aina mun pitää, features lyrics describing various mundane chores like washing-up the dishes, and clocking in at 1:42, it is also one of the shortest songs ever submitted in the festival.
According to the band members, they are not in the least interested in winning the contest and thus becoming the second Finnish outfit to do so in the history of the ESC, but simply to enjoy themselves and raise awareness about learning disabilities.
The musicians have already managed to attract significant media attention, especially since it’s the first time ever that a punk band is going to compete in the Eurovision. With so much hype surrounding the band, PKN can easily turn out to be the crowd favourites and surprise winners.
Odds of Finland winning the Eurovision 2015: 14/1
Australia: Tonight – Guy Sebastian
Despite practically being on the other side of the world to Europe, Oz has been extended a special invitation to participate in this year’s Eurovision as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the song contest.
Aussies are some of the most avid Eurovision fans, and every year, millions of people Down Under tune in to watch this annual lyrical bonanza.
The Australian entry will skip the semifinals and join the Big Five plus host country Austria to compete in the finals. Representing the island continent on the stage in Vienna will be singer-songwriter and 2013 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian, who will sing his ditty entitled Tonight Again.
Australia is currently third-favourite at most bookies, undoubtedly due to the historic appearance of the country in the contest, although it hasn’t been excluded that Oz may participate again as a guest country in a future edition.
Odds of Australia winning the Eurovision 2015: 7/2
Italy: Il Volo – Grande Amore
After earning the right at the San Remo Music Festival to represent their country on the Eurovision stage in 2015, operatic pop trio Il Volo will try to blow away audiences with their song Grande Amore.
The Italian singers of this musical powerhouse have lots of experience under their sleeves, having released numerous best-selling albums, given performances all the world and even joined the legendary Barbra Streisand on tour.
Italy is currently runner-up at the bookies, with some even touting it as favourite to win this year’s ESC.
Odds of Italy winning the Eurovision 2015: 10/3
Sweden: Heroes – Måns Zelmerlöw
Swedish entrant Måns Zelmerlöw, a 28-year-old musician who has reinvented his career after a memorable win at the Swedish song selection show, Melodifestivalen, with his uplifting song Heroes, has a lot of expectations to live up to.
Zelmerlöw has to honour a musical legacy that has produced artists like ABBA and Loreen, as well as juggle the pressures of being the most favoured artist to win the 2015 Eurovision.
Heroes will feature an original mix of organ music with electronic influences, as well as a spectacular visual element that has already garnered Zelmerlöw the top spot in the heart of ESC fans worldwide.
Odds of Sweden winning the Eurovision 2015: 13/8
Which song will win the Eurovision Song Contest 2015?
Over 30 nations will be competing in the Eurovision semi-finals, which will take place on 19 and 21 May, but only 20 performances will make it to the Grand Final.
Hardcore Eurovision fans are constantly refreshing the internet comment boards, forums and Eurovision blogs to find out the latest news coming out of Vienna and catch all the updates about their favourite entries.
Which song is your favourite to win the Eurovision in 2015? Share your thoughts and show your support to your favourite artist in the comments below.