Eurovision 2019: United Kingdom’s position sealed as Netherlands guaranteed to win?May 15, 2019
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 got off with a bang last night with 17 countries competing in the first semi-final of this year’s competition.
Tomorrow will see the second semi-final with ten countries qualifying from each evening to perform in the final on Saturday.
But an algorithm has already predicted the outcome of the 2019 final and it doesn’t look good for the UK’s entry, Michael Rice.
Pink News has reported on research conducted by Dance Direct, which says Michael will finish in 17th place with his rendition of Bigger Than Us.
Netherlands has also been tipped to be the most likely country to win this year’s contest with Duncan Laurence’s song Arcade.
Bookies Coral have already declared Netherlands’ entry the hot favourite to win at odds of 2-1.
With all signs pointing to Duncan coming out on top, could it be a landslide victory on Saturday?
Dance Direct analysed data from 2012 to determine what makes a Eurovision performance more likely to succeed.
As well as predicting the UK’’s and Netherlands’ position, the algorithm has Italy in second place followed by Sweden and Hungary.
Men are more likely than women to win the singing contest and solo artists tend to place better than groups.
Michael Rice’s choice of clothing could also impact his chances as the data revealed that men in classic black suits perform better than others.
When it comes to countries giving points to the UK, Ireland, Australia and Malta are our biggest fans but the UK gives most of our points to Sweden and Bulgaria.
The 21-year-old singer representing the UK has already got a lot of experience under his belt.
He won the first series of All Together Now in 2018 and appeared on the 11th series of the X Factor in 2014.
Meanwhile, during last night’s semi-finals one of the hosts almost forgot her lines during her co-host’s cheeky attempt to sabotage her.
Israeli presenter Bar Refaeli was speaking to viewers as co-host Assi Azar could be seen pulling faces behind her from the side of the camera.
Assi’s fooling around didn’t go unnoticed and she was stopped in her tracks by his appearance before playfully telling him to “go away,” before trying to continue with her script.
However her co-host’s prank seemed to throw the presenter off and she struggled to finish her segment.
She jokingly scorned him and said: “Assi, what are you doing?”
He then made on last attempt to be seen before the footage cut to Rylan Clark-Neal who was presented to coverage for the UK alongside Scott Mills.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 final airs Saturday at 8pm on BBC One.
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