And here, according to the bookies are the top ten songs (more or less) in contention for Eurovision 2009. Norway’s kid with the violin is the clear favourite. It doesn’t hurt that he is also Russian born.
Greece’s sexy Sakis Rouvas sings “This is Our Night” co-composed by Aussies John Porteils and Cameron Giles-Webb. Turkey seems to rehashing an idea from a few years ago. The UK has a schmaltzy ballad composed by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (who will be tinkling the ivories) and Diane Warren. France is straight out of Piaf-territory, the fabulous Chiara from Malta is making her third attempt and Sweden has gone decidedly popera this year.
NORWAY: Alexander Rybak “Fairytale”
GREECE: Sakis Rouvas “This is our Night”
TURKEY: Hadise “Dum Tek Tek”
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Regina “Bistra Voda”
AZERBIJAN: AySel & Arash “Always”
UNITED KINGDOM: Jade Ewen “It’s My Time”
FRANCE: Patricia Kaas “Et s’il fallait le faire”
ICELAND: Yohanna “Is It True”
SWEDEN: Malena Ernman “La Voix”
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Disclaimer: David Knox blogs Eurovision for SBS.