Eurovision 2019: Rylan Clark-Neal picks his Top 5 countries

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Rylan’s choices come with John Lundvik of Sweden and Kate Miller-Heidke from Australia

Because the Eurovision Tune Contest grand last nears, semi-final co-commentator Rylan Clark-Neal predicts who’ll finally end up on most sensible.

Rylan Clark-Neal would really like to look the United Kingdom win Eurovision this yr. However he is sufficient of a realist to understand that is a large ask of Michael Rice.

His energy ballad Larger Than Us lies in the course of the working order, sandwiched between two extra favoured tunes from Norway and Iceland.

As an alternative Rylan is predicting luck for one of the vital Scandinavian international locations set to compete within the track contest last later.

“If I may just pick out a winner and it wasn’t the UK, I would really like to look Norway or Sweden win,” he tells BBC Information in a while after commentating on the second one semi-final with Scott Turbines.

“It is a in reality robust yr for the Nordic facet, the entire Scandi lot.”

The remainder of the highest 5, the previous X Issue contestant predicts, will likely be finished by way of Switzerland, Australia and the Netherlands – “although no longer in that order”.

“Clearly I would love to look Michael there,” he continues. “However as a result of I am from the United Kingdom I’ll take the United Kingdom out of the location.”

Clark-Neal will function the UK’s spokesperson when the result of this yr’s vote casting are published on the finish of the overall.

Grand last working order

  1. Malta
  2. Albania
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Germany
  5. Russia
  6. Denmark
  7. San Marino
  8. North Macedonia
  9. Sweden
  10. Slovenia
  11. Cyprus
  12. Netherlands
  13. Greece
  14. Israel
  15. Norway
  16. United Kingdom
  17. Iceland
  18. Estonia
  19. Belarus
  20. Azerbaijan
  21. France
  22. Italy
  23. Serbia
  24. Switzerland
  25. Australia
  26. Spain

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Dutch contestant Duncan Laurence is the bookie’s favorite to win the competition, which reaches its conclusion in Israel on Saturday.

Australia is 2d favorite, thank you partly to a dramatic staging that sees singer Kate Miller-Heidke suspended top within the air on a flexible pole.

Germany were tipped to come back final for the 3rd time this decade with Sister, carried out by way of a duo referred to as S!sters who don’t seem to be in reality similar.

Madonna will carry out two songs right through the globally televised display, which may also function a efficiency from 4 former contestants.

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Media captionAt house with Eurovision 2018 winner Netta

Closing yr’s winner, Netta Barzalai, will kick off the development by way of “flying” this yr’s entrants into the sector.

The Israeli singer will go back later to accomplish her new unmarried, Nana Banana, as soon as the entire competing songs were carried out.

Maltese teen Michela will start the competition with catchy dance quantity Chameleon, to be adopted by way of Albania’s Jonida Maliqi.

No Eurovision finalist given the second one spot within the working order has even long past directly to win the contest.

Britain’s Michael Rice would be the 16th act to accomplish right through the display, which is being staged on the World Conference Middle in Tel Aviv.

He’s going to be preceded by way of Norwegian trio KEiiNO and adopted by way of Iceland’s Hatari, a leather-clad punk ensemble whose provocative apparel, and anti-capitalist sentiments, have ruled a lot of this yr’s protection.

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Media captionHatari’s track is named Hate Will Be triumphant

Surprise Lady superstar Gal Gadot, Israel’s maximum across the world well-known actress, will seem in a pre-recorded video.

There may also be appearances from Israel’s 1979 Eurovision winner Gali Atari and the multi-ethnic song collective The Idan Raichel Venture.

Israel earned the fitting to host the contest for the 3rd time after Netta gained in Lisbon 12 months in the past.

But its position as host isn’t well-liked by critics of the rustic’s insurance policies in opposition to Palestinians within the occupied West Financial institution and Gaza.

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Previous this yr, Netta spoke out towards requires the competition to be boycotted on human rights grounds.

“Boycotting prevents mild being unfold, and whilst you boycott mild, you unfold darkness,” she informed BBC Breakfast.

“I consider in a discussion, I consider in protest… however boycotting is not the solution.”

The Eurovision Tune Contest last will air on BBC One from 20:00 BST on Saturday.

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