This week marked the deadline for all songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
There are 41 entrants performing in Tel Aviv this year.
It’s still early days but the bookies are tipping 24-year-old singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence from The Netherlands to take it out with his ballad “Arcade.”
The Netherlands has won the contest four times, but not since 1975.
Russia’s Sergey Lazarev is polling second with “Scream” (yep, another ballad). Lazarev was placed third in 2016 with “You Are The Only One.”
Ever-popular Sweden is currently sitting in third place with the bookies thanks to John Lundvik’s uplifting “Too Late For Love.” He has also co-written the United Kingdom’s entry “Bigger Than Us”, to be performed by Michael Rice.
Next current faves are Switzerland, Cyprus, Italy, Iceland, Greece, Portugal, Norway, Malta and France.
Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke is a long way back in polling, in 25th position at around 50 / 1. Ouch. Performing in Semi Final 1, it may be a challenge just to qualify this year….
Expect some changes once more performers are heard live in upcoming concerts, and staging is revealed.
Meanwhile rumours continue that Madonna may perform in Tel Aviv.
Canadian-Israeli billionaire has been apparently wooing the singer for months. “We’ve reached out to Madonna to try to add a little bit of glitz to the event. It’s looking very good that she’s going to come here and participate in the Eurovision Song Contest,” he said.
Eurovision takes place May 14 – 18 (finale May 19 in Australia on SBS).