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Best and Wurst of Eurovision 2014: What to watch tonight

Best and Wurst of Eurovision 2014: What to watch tonight

Copenhagen in Denmark is getting ready to host an even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest final tonight.

Every year the Eurovision Song Contest throws up controversies whether it is neighborly voting, outrageous performances or same-sex kisses. This year is proving no different after the loud booing that Russia received when being announced as a finalist and the reaction to drag star Conchita Wurst.

This year the result is far from certain with at least 10 countries in with a realistic chance of victory. Here’s our look at some of the main contenders.

Armenia

Aram Mp3 has been one of the hot favorites from the outset despite being embroiled in a spat with Austria’s Conchita Wurst some months ago.

He allegedly made a transphobic and homophobic remark in suggesting that her lifestyle ‘was not natural.’ Later he claimed his remarks were mis-tranlasted and just a joke. Armenia are currently fourth favorites to win.

Austria

When nine of the 10 finalists had already been announced during the second semi-final and Austria had yet to be called, there was an almost deafening chorus of ‘Conchita’ from the audience. She stole the show and will be singing from 11th position in the final.

She nearly made it to Eurovision two years ago with a disco anthem called That’s What I Am. Now second favorite doubts linger whether she will be able to register enough votes from East European countries to take the crown.

Denmark

Many comments have been made about Basim and his vocal similarity to Bruno Mars. Cliche Love Song is an instantly catchy song which may well bring home the bacon again for Denmark.

No country has won Eurovision twice in a row since Ireland had three consecutive victories in the 1990s. Starting from 23rd place, it is a favorable draw in a sea of ballads that may well elevate Basim to the status of great Dane.

Netherlands

The Common Linnets are a country duo whose gentle tune Calm After The Storm was dismissed as being too dull for the Eurovision stage. However their perfect vocals and sublime staging have elevated them to third favorite.

After years of not qualifying for the final, The Netherlands may well find themselves in the top 10 for the second year running.

Poland

A surprise qualifier from the second semi-final, the Polish entry certainly caught the eye of many viewers with their suggestive performance. The milk churner and washer woman played seductively to the camera whilst close-ups of large breasted women filled the backdrop behind.

Cleo asks us to ‘shake what your mama gave ya’! Subtle it isn’t.

Romania

Paula and Ovi from Romania nearly won Eurovision in 2010 with their song Playing With Fire coming in third place in Oslo. This time they are back with another dance track and gimmick on stage in which Ovi finds himself singing to a hologram version of Paula.

It’s a new Eurovision trick and the song is expected to score well but probably won’t match their achievements from Oslo.

Sweden

Think Eurovision, think Sweden. From ABBA to Loreen, the Swedes know how to do well on the big stage and are now hot favorites to take Eurovision back to across the water for 2015.

Sanna Nielsen had seven attempts in 13 years to win the Swedish pre-selection show, Melodifestivalen before striking it lucky with the emotional Undo.

With next year being the 60th year of the competition there may be no more fitting host than Sweden, often considered the spiritual home of Eurovision.

United Kingdom

For the last few years the BBC have sent established household names who were somewhat past their peak. The belief that fame alone would bring success to the UK has backfired spectacularly with fairly dismal results.

This time the BBC have opted for a different approach sending a virtual unknown in the form of Molly Smitten-Downes with the anthemic Children of the Universe. After the first few rehearsals there was chatter among fans that this may the year the UK wins again for the first time since 1997 but Britain has been handed an unfavorable draw, singing in the final spot.

Pundits still expect the first top 10 finish for the UK since former Sugababe, Jade Ewen, came fifth in 2009 with Andrew Lloyd-Webber composed It’s My Time.

The final is tonight (10 May) at 9pm (CET).

Gay Star News will is in Copenhagen to report from the final.

Also in the audience, with front row seats, will be the two winners of our Gay Star News competition last night at G-A-Y club in London. Courtesy of our Visit Denmark we flew two people we selected in an on-stage competition at our Danish Eurovision themed party straight from the club to Copenhagen for the VIP Eurovision experience of their lives.