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Maltese teen is the favourite to shine on the big stage in Rotterdam

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Malta’s Destiny Chukunyere.

Malta’s Destiny Chukunyere.

French entrant Barbara Pravi.

French entrant Barbara Pravi.

Switzerland’s Tout l’Univers

Switzerland’s Tout l’Univers

Johnny Logan who twice won Eurovision for Ireland

Johnny Logan who twice won Eurovision for Ireland

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Malta’s Destiny Chukunyere.

Malta is the runaway favourite to win this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

One of the smallest countries in Europe, it has never won the competition, but has twice finished second and twice finished third.

Their entrant this year is a remarkable 18-year-old singer in the form of Destiny Chukunyere.

Her boppy number Je Me Casse, which, despite its French title is sung in English, is sure to be a dancefloor hit. The saxophone is very catchy with cheeky lyrics such as: 'Hell I'm not your honey, hell I don't want your money'.

The video for the track features Destiny cosying up to a topless hunk, and all eyes will be on the duo to see if they get up to any sexy antics on stage in Rotterdam.

No doubt some comparisons will be made between the curvaceous star and Lizzo, or even Israel's winning entry from three years ago, Netta Barzilai, who won with Toy.

Destiny was born in Malta and her father is Nigerian former footballer Ndubisi Chukunyere, while her mother, Alexia, is Maltese. She also already has a track record with the Eurovision. In 2015 she won the junior version of the contest, and she was a backing singer to Malta's entry in 2019.

The star has also participated in Britain's Got Talent in 2017, finishing sixth in the second semi-final.

Last year she was chosen to represent Malta at Eurovision with the song All of My Love, before the contest was cancelled due to the pandemic.

She was subsequently confirmed to represent Malta in this year's contest.

The second favourite to win this year's contest is France, with Barbara Pravi and the song Voilà.

This dreamy ballad is sure to draw comparisons with Edith Piaf and as usual for France, it's sung entirely in French. France last won the Eurovision in 1977, its fifth time doing so.

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French entrant Barbara Pravi.

French entrant Barbara Pravi.

French entrant Barbara Pravi.

Switzerland is third favourite this year.

Their representative, Tout l'Univers, also sings in French with Gjon's Tears. This is another evocative ballad and its promotional video depicts the aftermath of a car crash, with what appears to be a guardian angel doppelganger helping the victim recover.

The Swiss have won the contest twice, the last time in Dublin in 1988 when Celine Dion, despite being Canadian, triumphed for the country with Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi.

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Switzerland’s Tout l’Univers

Switzerland’s Tout l’Univers

Switzerland’s Tout l’Univers

Ireland still holds the record for the most amount of wins - seven times.

They were: Dana with All Kinds of Everything (1970), Johnny Logan with What's Another Year (1980) and Hold Me Now (1987), Linda Martin with Why Me? (1992), Niamh Kavanagh with In Your Eyes (1993), Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan with Rock 'n' Roll Kids (1994) and Eimear Quinn with The Voice (1996).

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Johnny Logan who twice won Eurovision for Ireland

Johnny Logan who twice won Eurovision for Ireland

Johnny Logan who twice won Eurovision for Ireland

Our entrant this year with Lesley Roy is unfortunately a rank outsider at the huge price of 200/1.

The UK's entrant in Rotterdam is James Newman, with the poppy track Embers. It is also a big outsider at 150/1.

The extravaganza will be held in the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, and despite its cancellation last year, it has been confirmed that the theme for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest will remain the same - Open Up.

Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley and Nikkie de Jager (YouTuber @NikkieTutorials) will also return as presenters. They were set to host Eurovision 2020, and presented Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light last May.

Ireland is scheduled to be in the first semi-final on Tuesday and hopefully we can get through to the final next Saturday.

  • The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 airs on RTÉ One and BBC One on Saturday, May 22 at 8pm. The semi-finals air on RTÉ2 on Tuesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 20 at 8pm

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