At last, the time has come for the Eurovision Song Contest to take place. The destination for the final is Rotterdam, although the originally scheduled event was due to take place in 2020 but was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. With the semi-finals not too far away, we’re sure you’re starting to look for odds on who will win the much-anticipated finale. To find out more about this year’s entries, read on as we get you in the know and ready to place your bets!
Malta – Destinywith Je Me Casse
If the Eurovision 2021 odds are anything to go by, Destiny is on track to bag that win for Malta this year. With a soulful voice, and a glamorous look, you couldn’t ask for more from this well-rounded entry. Despite the French title, the song and its lyrics are in English, something that usually leads to higher scores and global support. Having made several attempts to break into the music industry in previous years, including making it all the way to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, it’s finally Destiny’s chance to reach a wider audience and really show off her talents.
In a nutshell, Destiny is Malta’s answer to Lizzo, belting out a powerful message to all women out there about remembering your worth and wearing what you want, for yourself and not others –
“Ladies, if you feel like flauntin’ tonight,
It’s alright, it’s alright
“So, if I show some skin
Doesn’t mean I’m giving in”
This is one for the ladies, and we love it. And, going by the latest odds, the bookies are on board too!
Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears with Tout l’Univers
Second favourite with the bookies, Switzerland’s 2021 entry is one for those of us that love a good tear-jerker as well as catchy beat. The music video isn’t for the fainthearted, as our protagonist is seen crashing his car in despair before pulling himself out of the wreckage. So, cheerful, it isn’t!
However, Gjon’s Tears performs with strong vocals and an intense amount of emotion surrounding a rough break-up, so we’re sure that will appeal to the deciding countries, despite the song being entirely in French. Much like Malta’s Destiny, Gjon has tried his luck at making it big on several other singing competitions, also making it to the semi-final stage but unfortunately falling at the final hurdle. Regardless of whether the contest ends with a win, hopefully this performance will be this 22-year-old’s big break.
France – Barbara Pravi with Voilà
Here we have a rather surprising third favourite, from France, in the form of a piano-heavy ballad. Whilst it doesn’t have the excitement or intrigue of the previous entries we’ve explored, there is a classic charm to this song, embodying everything we envision about France. What’s more, there’s a poignant message about being yourself whilst begging for someone to love you for just that. We’ve all been there, right?
Sung entirely in French, this may cause Barbara Pravi to lose a few points from those countries that don’t speak this language, but if she can perform with the same intense energy as we see in the music video, we think she might still have a chance.