The Eurovision Grand Closing is on Saturday, Could 18, when 26 international locations will compete to win the crown and host subsequent 12 months’s contest. There are two semi-finals which whittle down greater than 40 international locations to simply 26 within the grand ultimate. On Saturday these 26 will sing, dance and placed on a present to acquire votes from around the globe.
However can the UK win Eurovision?
There are a number of key elements which might be present in successful Eurovision songs in accordance to a research from Dance Direct.
Analysing information from 2012 onwards Dance Direct discovered elements comparable to; language, gender, act dimension, dance-ability and politics can predict who shall be this 12 months’s Eurovision winner.
Profitable indicators in accordance to the information embody:
- Singing in an imaginary language – apart from English and English-Native combine singing in a fake language holds the best rating
- Singing in Serbian – which has traditionally scored larger than Italian
- Being male – males place larger than ladies
- Going solo – solo acts get a greater place, in contrast to teams
- Receiving factors from Spain, The Netherlands, and Belgium – these international locations are most certainly to award their factors to the eventual winner every year
Eurovision 2019: Michael Rice is representing the UK along with his music Larger Than Us
In accordance to the information from Dance Direct, which is predicated on the previous winners, the Netherlands’ Duncan Lawrence is printed because the favorite for Eurovision 2019 along with his unique music, “Arcade” which inserts a lot of the standards.
This algorithm, when utilized to the UK, predicted Michael Rice and his music Larger Than Us will attain quantity 17 within the standings.
However has Brexit impacted how the UK is seen at Eurovision?
Dr Steve McCabe, enterprise researcher and economist at Birmingham Metropolis College informed Categorical.co.uk that with the continued debate and turmoil over Brexit, the UK could anticipate fewer votes at Eurovision this 12 months.
Dr McCabe stated: “Sadly, I think, after every thing that has gone on with Brexit, I reckon that the UK shall be seemingly to be given even fewer votes than typical.
“Due to this fact no chance of successful however, in Eurovision, you possibly can anticipate the surprising.
“Let’s face it, the actual fact it’s being held in Israel is likely one of the unusual peculiarities of this contest!
“While there must be no cause to imagine that Brexit will have any impact, Eurovision is infamous for the will of sure international locations to vote in a manner that seems a bias in opposition to the UK.
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“The referendum of 2016 by which a majority of voters confirmed their want to depart Europe has in all probability confirmed what a whole lot of Europeans at all times suspected, that many within the UK don’t share the beliefs of collaboration.
“As such, this 12 months’s Eurovision will provide a chance for voters in different European international locations to give us extra ‘nil points’ than can be typical.”
Dr McCabe believes the UK would come within the decrease quarter within the standings, and would “be amazed” in the event that they completed any larger.
He continued: “As typical our entry is okay however there’s actually no wow or shock issue that appears to be important to be a winner in Eurovision.
Eurovision 2019: The Eurovision ultimate takes place on Saturday, Could 18
“It’s inconceivable to get away from what appears at instances to be the petty politics and mutual backscratching of Eurovision.
“And although successful the competition has nothing just like the status that was connected to it a few generations in the past – let’s not overlook that the legendary pop group Abba successfully grew to become mainstream by successful in 1974 with ‘Waterloo’ – there is no such thing as a doubt that each act will give their all.
“Audiences watching Eurovision love an excellent present and recognize acts that have an excellent music however have additionally labored on a robust visible efficiency.
“Daring to be actually totally different or radical is at all times price a go.
“In spite of everything, on Sunday morning nobody remembers any of the acts anyway!”
The second Eurovision Semi Closing is tonight at 8pm on BBC 4.
The Eurovision grand ultimate is on Saturday, Could 18 from 8pm on BBC One.