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Rylan’s picks embody John Lundvik of Sweden and Kate Miller-Heidke from Australia

Because the Eurovision Track Contest grand closing nears, semi-final co-commentator Rylan Clark-Neal predicts who’ll find yourself on prime.

Rylan Clark-Neal would like to see the UK win Eurovision this 12 months. However he is sufficient of a realist to know that is an enormous ask of Michael Rice.

His energy ballad Greater Than Us lies in the course of the working order, sandwiched between two extra favoured tunes from Norway and Iceland.

As a substitute Rylan is predicting success for one of many Scandinavian nations set to compete within the track contest closing later.

“If I may choose a winner and it wasn’t the UK, I might like to see Norway or Sweden win,” he tells BBC Information shortly after commentating on the second semi-final with Scott Mills.

“It is a actually sturdy 12 months for the Nordic aspect, all of the Scandi lot.”

The remainder of the highest 5, the previous X Issue contestant predicts, might be accomplished by Switzerland, Australia and the Netherlands – “although not in that order”.

“Clearly I might like to see Michael there,” he continues. “However as a result of I am from the UK I’ll take the UK out of the scenario.”

Clark-Neal will function the UK’s spokesperson when the outcomes of this 12 months’s voting are revealed on the finish of the ultimate.

Grand closing working order

  1. Malta
  2. Albania
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Germany
  5. Russia
  6. Denmark
  7. San Marino
  8. North Macedonia
  9. Sweden
  10. Slovenia
  11. Cyprus
  12. Netherlands
  13. Greece
  14. Israel
  15. Norway
  16. United Kingdom
  17. Iceland
  18. Estonia
  19. Belarus
  20. Azerbaijan
  21. France
  22. Italy
  23. Serbia
  24. Switzerland
  25. Australia
  26. Spain
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Dutch contestant Duncan Laurence is the bookie’s favorite to win the competition, which reaches its conclusion in Israel on Saturday.

Australia is second favorite, thanks partly to a dramatic staging that sees singer Kate Miller-Heidke suspended excessive within the air on a flexible pole.

Germany have been tipped to come back final for the third time this decade with Sister, carried out by a duo known as S!sters who aren’t really associated.

Madonna will carry out two songs in the course of the globally televised present, which will even characteristic a efficiency from 4 former contestants.

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Media captionAt residence with Eurovision 2018 winner Netta

Final 12 months’s winner, Netta Barzalai, will kick off the occasion by “flying” this 12 months’s entrants into the sector.

The Israeli singer will return later to carry out her new single, Nana Banana, as soon as all of the competing songs have been carried out.

Maltese teenager Michela will start the competition with catchy dance quantity Chameleon, to be adopted by Albania’s Jonida Maliqi.

No Eurovision finalist given the second spot within the working order has even gone on to win the competitors.

Britain’s Michael Rice would be the 16th act to carry out in the course of the present, which is being staged on the Worldwide Conference Middle in Tel Aviv.

He might be preceded by Norwegian trio KEiiNO and adopted by Iceland’s Hatari, a leather-clad punk ensemble whose provocative apparel, and anti-capitalist sentiments, have dominated a lot of this 12 months’s protection.

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Media captionHatari’s track is known as Hate Will Prevail

Marvel Girl star Gal Gadot, Israel’s most internationally well-known actress, will seem in a pre-recorded video.

There will even be appearances from Israel’s 1979 Eurovision winner Gali Atari and the multi-ethnic music collective The Idan Raichel Venture.

Israel earned the proper to host the competitors for the third time after Netta gained in Lisbon 12 months in the past.

But its function as host isn’t well-liked with critics of the nation’s insurance policies in the direction of Palestinians within the occupied West Financial institution and Gaza.

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Earlier this 12 months, Netta spoke out in opposition to requires the competition to be boycotted on human rights grounds.

“Boycotting prevents gentle being unfold, and once you boycott gentle, you unfold darkness,” she instructed BBC Breakfast.

“I consider in a dialogue, I consider in protest… however boycotting is not the reply.”

The Eurovision Track Contest closing will air on BBC One from 20:00 BST on Saturday.

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