Glitz, glamour and international drama will all collide during the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on May 14. Who will win this prestigious music competition? HollywoodLife.com wants you to see every jaw-dropping moment so click to watch!
It’s all the drama and tension of international politics mixed with the best parts of X Factor — it’s Eurovision 2016! It’s the 61st edition of the legendary song competition. With so many amazing countries participating, this year’s event promises to be the best one yet!
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Though Eurovision is, by its very name, a European competition, it’s gained a lot of popularity in the United States. For the first time ever, the contest’s grand final will air live in the U.S. It all takes place on May 13 at 3:00 P.M. EST. Which country will walk away with the victory? There’s only one way to find out.
Musical acts from 26 different countries will perform during the contest’s grand final. The countries that made the final are: Belgium, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Bulgaria, Sweden, Germany, France, Poland, Australia, Cyprus, Serbia, Lithuania, Croatia, Russia, Spain, Latvia, Ukraine, Malta, Georgia, Austria, United Kingdom, and Armenia. Phew!
In 2015, Swedish crooner Mans Zelmerlow, 29, won the contest with the third highest point score in Eurovision’s history, according to The Telegraph. His win followed Conchita Wurst, 27, the Austrian pop recording artist (and fabulous bearded drag queen) who took the crown in 2014.
Ireland is the most successful country in the contest’s 60-plus year history, according to the BBC, but their entry in this year’s competition, Nicky Byrne, failed to qualify for the final. Russia is considered the odds-on favorite to win, as singer Sergey Lazarev, 33, and his song, “You Are The Only One,” is full of drama. Plus, he might perform shirtless, which may just give him an edge.
If there’s someone who can snatch the win away from Sergey, it’s Australia’s Dami Im. The 27-year-old Korean-Australian singer (who also won Australia’s version of X Factor) is considered the second-favorite to win, according to News.com.au. Her appearance will be the second time Australia has made the Eurovision final.
Who do you think is going to win Eurovision, HollywoodLifers?