By this time next week, we’ll already know who from the first of the semi finals has moved through to the Grand Final in the 59th Eurovision Song Contest. With the competition now less than a week away from hitting the Danish capital Copenhagen, excitement is building.
Naturally, there’ll be the two semi finals, each of which will result in ten finalists moving through to the Grand Final on Saturday May 10 where they’ll compete again alongside the host nation and Europe’s big five of Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and France.
MARIYA YAREMCHUK : Tick-Tock
Europeans have always had a tendency to vote politically at the Eurovision Song Contest and it’s pretty much assured that, given the current turmoil in the Eastern European country, there’ll be plenty of votes being handed out to Ukraine in a show of support from the rest of the continent. In fact, the odds of Ukraine triumphing this year have improved markedly over recent weeks to the point where some are betting a top five finish.
21 year old Mariya, meanwhile, is no stranger to national selection for Eurovision, finishing fifth in last year’s edition, but she’ll carry the hopes of a country on her shoulders when she takes to the stage in Copenhagen in the first of the semi finals.
Look, even without the political voting this year, ‘Tick-Tock’ is one of the strongest songs of the competition, will easily sail through the semi finals and should do rather well for itself against stiff competition in the Grand Final on May 10. Add in the political voting and Ukraine might very well be unstoppable.