The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest takes place on 22nd May 2021 in the city of Rotterdam. Thirty-nine nations will be represented in the competition, which was won by the Netherlands in 2019.
Which nation and act will be rewarded with Eurovision glory? Let’s take a look at some of the contenders.
A Closer Look At the Favorites
There are a few acts that will fancy their chances of winning Eurovision. The current favorite to win in the act representing Malta with Eurovision 2021 betting odds of 5.40. The second favorites are France and you have to go a long way back since they last won it as that was in 1977. The third favorites are Switzerland who have won it on two occasions and were actually winners of the first contest in 1956.
Knowing My Fate Is to Be With You
ABBA are one of the most iconic winners of Eurovision. They won it for Sweden in 1974 with the song Waterloo. Since winning, they went on to become music and cultural icons. Waterloo is one of the most-streamed songs on Spotify and they are also popular on other platforms such as Youtube.
Will the Swedish representative in 2021 first go on to win but then have the success of ABBA? Tusse will be flying the flag for Sweden this year.
More Irish Success in 2021?
Ireland have had the most success in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. They have won it on seven occasions, with their most recent success coming in 1996. They are also the only nation to have won it three times in a row.
Archives from RTE document the Irish history in Eurovision and they point out that one of the most memorable Irish successes came in 1994, although a significant part of that was due ‘Riverdance’ interval act.
They will be represented by Leslie Roy in 2021. Despite historical triumphs, most bookmakers and other experts see them as huge outsiders to win, although Eurovision is certainly a competition that has had major shocks before.
The Ongoing Popularity of the Eurovision Song Contest
Since the first Eurovision, it has gone on to become one of the most popular events across Europe. Over 180 million people watched the last contest which provides evidence that it has remained popular.
Across the generations, it is most popular with millennials. Research from YouGov points out that 40% of Millennials surveyed have a positive opinion of the contest. This compares to 26% of Generation X and 29% of Baby Boomers.
Many of the acts taking part will no doubt see it as a huge honor to represent their nation. They might also see it as a way of boosting their career. Will the winning act go on to have the success of previous winners?