THE long-awaited Eurovision 2021 is back after a two-year hiatus.
Here’s your guide to the front-runners in this year’s hotly-contested event…
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SplashEurovision 2021 is back after a two-year hiatus[/caption]
Who will win Eurovision 2021?
Måneskin – Italy 12/5
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Måneskin is an Italian rock band, who started out busking on the streets of Rome.
They are made up of vocalist Damiano, bassist Victoria, guitarist Thomas and Ethan on drums and their name is the Danish word for ‘moonlight’ – since Victoria is from Denmark.
The band shot to national recognition on the eleventh season of X Factor Italia in 2017.
So far, they’ve collected seventeen platinum records and six gold records in Italy.
The band will be performing their track Zitti E Buoni in Rotterdam.
Barbara Pravi – France 3/1
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Barbara Pravi, 28, is a French singer-songwriter, who kicked off her career back in 2014.
The star has written music for the likes of Yannick Noah, Julie Zenatti, Chimène Badi and Jaden Smith.
Pravi is no stranger to the Eurovision franchise, as she co-wrote the French winning song of Junior Eurovision 2020: Valentina’s J’Imagine.
Pravi will be performing Voilà this year.
Destiny – Malta 5/1
AlamyMaltese star Destiny Chukunyere is just 18 years old[/caption]
Maltese star Destiny Chukunyere is just 18 years old.
In 2015 she won the junior version of the contest, and she was a backing singer for Malta’s entry in 2019.
Destiny is also champion of the second season of X Factor Malta in 2019 and made it to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017.
The young star will be performing French track Je Me Casse in Rotterdam.
Gjon’s Tears – Switzerland 9/1
SplashGjon’s Tears, real name Gjon Muharremaj, is a Swiss singer and songwriter[/caption]
Gjon’s Tears, real name Gjon Muharremaj, is a Swiss singer and songwriter.
Gjon, 22, has been singing for years. At just 12-year-old, he competed on the first series of Albania’s Got Talent in 2011, finishing in third place.
In 2019, he appeared on France’s The Voice: la plus belle voix and made it through to the semi-finals.
Gjon’s debut single “Babi” went to number one in Albania.
He’ll be performing Tout l’Univers this year.
Daði og Gagnamagnið – Iceland 10/1
EPADaði Freyr is an Icelandic singer and he will be performing with his band Gagnamagnið[/caption]
Daði Freyr, 28, is an Icelandic singer and he will be performing with his band Gagnamagnið.
The singer is instantly recognisable for his 6 ft 9 in height.
They will be 10 Years which they have chosen a replacement for their 2020 choice, Think About Things.
The song was considered one of the favourites to win in last year’s competition.
Who won Eurovision 2019?
The winner of Eurovision, held on May 18, 2019, was Duncan Laurence for the Netherlands.
His song Arcade garnered 492 points – and it was the first time his country had come out on top for 44 years.
Italy came second (465 points), with Russia just edging out Switzerland by nine points to take third place.
The UK, who this year would have been represented by James Newman, finished in last place.
ReutersDuncan Laurence for the Netherlands won in 2019[/caption]
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What does the Eurovision winner get?
According to Eurovision, “The winner will perform once again, and take home the iconic glass microphone trophy.
“The winning country will traditionally be given the honour of hosting the next Eurovision Song Contest.”
Bizarrely, there is no prize money for winning – just the honour of the title.