Today we look at the Big Five, the nations that automatically qualify for the Eurovision Final and don’t have to compete in the Semi Finals.
The UK, France, Germany and Spain have long been principal funders of Eurovision (are you listening, Greece?) and in 2010 were joined by Italy returning to the fold. The host nation / previous winner also automatically qualifies so this year they are joined by Azerbaijan, which I think actually has a better song than their winner from last year.
As it turns out, three of these countries also featured in my last post on Bookies’ Favourites so I am still liking Spain (but France gets the vote for crazy videos here!).
United Kingdom: Englebert Humperdinck: Love Will Set You Free
France: Anggun: Echo (You And I)
Italy: Nina Zilli: L’Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love)
Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva: When The Music Dies
Germany: Roman Lob: Standing Still
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