The 64th Eurovision Song Contest grand final will take place on Saturday, May 18. The competition will be held in Tel Aviv when 26 acts will perform a song each before countries around the world vote for the winner. Last year’s winner was Isreal’s Netta, with her song Toy.
According to Google, one country is already on top in the competition as the most searched for.
The Netherlands is the most searched for entry according to data from the search engine.
Google has used Eurovision’s 12-point voting system to rank countries based on search activity in other countries.
The Netherlands act is Duncan Laurence, who will be singing ballad Arcade.
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Arcade is a song about a failed romance that seems already to have resonated with Eurovision fans.
The prediction does have credence, as in 2017 the search activity predicted the winner correctly – and in 2018 the predicted runner up in search activity won.
According to Google, the second most searched for act is Russia, whilst Italy and France are third and fourth respectively.
The fifth is Iceland, whilst the sixth and seventh are Cyprus and Switzerland.
This is not the final prediction however, as there are two semi-finals to go before the final 26 competitors are chosen.
Despite this, Google’s prediction echoes bookmakers, who are odds on for the Netherlands to win the competition.
According to Betfair, the Netherlands is at 9/4 to take the Eurovision trophy and host the competition next year.
Sweden is second according to the bookies at 7/2, whilst Russia is third at 13/2.
Unfortunately for the UK, bookies make it 200/1 for them to win the singing contest.
The UK is represented by Michael Rice, 21, and his song Bigger Than Us.
Hartlepool born Michael won the chance to represent the UK on Eurovision: You Decide.
The Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals will air on Tuesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 16 on BBC Four at 8pm.E
The Grand Final will air on Saturday, May 18 at 8pm on BBC One.
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