The UK continue their proud tradition of employing an act that hasn’t hit the charts for several decades, in the shape of Bonnie Tyler. Expect the rest of Europe to continue their proud tradition of not voting for them.
It’s familiar power ballad territory for Bonnie, but the song lacks the necessary chord changes to ever hit top gear.
The Finns have only won Eurovision once - back in 2006 when Lordi’s Hard Rock Hallelujah triumphed.
On that occasion Finland rocked Europe into submission. This year Krista Siegfrids competes with an up-tempo pop tune. The judges might not quite want to marry this song, but expect it to pick up some votes.
Sweden come into this Eurovision as defending champions and have won the competition five times and have made the top five on 19 occasions.
The Swedes pick their representative via the Melodifestivalen TV show, which saw Robin Stjernberg won with ‘You’. It probably won’t be ‘Him’ that wins Eurovision this year, but his pop/rock stylings could well gain a place.
The Italians have only won Eurovision twice, with the last victory coming way back in 1990. This is perhaps not surprising considering that they couldn’t be bothered to enter for some 14 years, until they returned in 2011.
Marco Mengoni competes this year, singing in his native Italian. His mournful ballad is pleasant listening but might not appeal to Eurovision tastes. His quiff however, is a wonder to behold and Mengoni deserves votes for that alone.
Since that famous old musical act the USSR split up and it’s founding members went solo, Ukraine has had some success in Eurovision. Competing for the first time in 2003, Ukraine have made every final and won Eurovision in 2004.
Zlata Ognevich is the third favourite to add a second title to the Ukraine’s tally. Unlike the ballads from the likes of Bonnie Tyler and Anouk, this one starts slowly, before quickly shifting through the gears to uplifting pop. At this price, it's a good bet to win the whole thing.
The 2013 Eurovision favourites are Denmark, who have twice won the competition and have finished in the top three on six occasions. Their last win came back in 2000, when the middle-aged Olsen Brothers showed the whippersnappers who it’s done.
This year it’s the decidedly younger, 20-year old, Emmelie de Forest who attempts to win the Danes a third crown. Starting with Celtic-sounding whistles, Only Teardrops quickly moves into Shakira territory. It’s the catchiest ditty at this year’s competition and a worthy favourite.