Azerbaijan, France and Ireland are favorites to win Eurovision song contest, according to bookmakers
Baku, May 14 (AZERTAC). The bookies certainly think that France, Ireland and Azerbaijan are among the top five favorites to win the Eurovision song contest this year – and there are strong hopes that the unlikely entries will bring a turnaround in fortunes.
Eurovision has a reputation for pumping out perky pop tunes and power ballads, but some countries choose to take a leftfield - sometimes risky - turn in a bid to make their mark.
This year, France has plumped for a slice of operatic grandeur, delivered by young, long-haired tenor Amaury Vassili.
The lyrics of Sognu are delivered in the Corsican language, while the song already has the bookmakers in a flurry.
But recent attempts to bring opera to Eurovision have failed to hit the heights, and this effort could leave voters scratching their heads.
Identical twin brothers John and Edward Grimes - Jedward - will fly the flag with spiky bubblegum pop song Lipstick.
The pair made their name on the UK's X Factor show more for their entertaining performances than vocal talent, and scored a big hit with a cover of Ice Ice Baby.
Azerbaijan`s Ell & Nikki are the singers who perform the clever and interesting Running Scared and also intend for a triumph.
The United Kingdom`s hopes rest on an act who started out a decade ago and are returning as a man band after a considerable hiatus.
Blue have sold an estimated 13 million records and are tying their full comeback to Eurovision and self-penned tune I Can, which is being well-received by contest fans and the bookies.