Eurovision is here again, this time with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber taking on the continent’s best efforts in Moscow with his song sung by Jade. The king of musicals himself will play piano on stage against a backdrop of commentary by Graham Norton. Norway is the favourite, but Graham has his own tips:
I’ve always been a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, I’ve always watched it, or taped it if i’ve been working. As for threats, well Norway is the big favourite this year, but I think he’s going off the boil a little. I think he may well have peaked. It’s still a lovely song but I don’t think it’s all that. Greece again is favoured but although he’s beautiful to look at, I don’t think the performance is all that charismatic. For Jade, I think that the dangers are Iceland and Malta. I also think Portugal could be a little surprise, there is something very endearing there, and the staging really works on television, it makes you very happy. They may be the dark horses.
A new voting system means that the usually partisan phone-ins will be tempered by national panels of expert judges. Here are the odds from Paddy Power:
(prices correct at time of publication)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 16/1