French entry Madame Monsieur, who will sing ‘Mercy’, were drawn in 13th position when the draw was made last night.
Grosvenorsport.com have crunched the numbers of what makes a Eurovision winner – and the omens could be good for United Kingdom entry SuRie.
44 of the 61 outright winners have been solo artists, with 32 of those being females. SuRie, who will perform ‘Storm’ in Saturday’s ceremony, has time on her side too – her song clocks in at three minutes and four seconds – narrowly over the average winning length of three minutes exactly.
Language could also play a part too, with 51% of winners being English-speaking – something the Essex-born singer will hope to add to on Saturday night. While her wardrobe is yet unknown, it might be in SuRie’s interests to wear white – more Eurovision winners have worn white than any other colour.
The UK entry isn’t among the favourites for the title this time around, however, with Cyprus leading the betting at 7/4.
Eleni Foureira will hope her song ‘Fuego’ can set Europe alight, though France’s lucky draw of 13 is also well fancied – they are third favourites to win at 12/1.
Steve Munns, Head of Sport at Grosvenorsport.com, said: “Anybody who fancies France to take home the Eurovision crown this year will be delighted to see Madame Monsieur have been dealt a lucky 13 – historically the best spot to perform in the song contest’s running order.”
The omens look good for the UK though – SuRie’s female solo act with a song around the three minute mark has traditionally been the most successful in Eurovision history. Let’s hope there aren’t many ‘nul points’ on the way as she ‘Storms’ up the leaderboard.”