Who Are the Favorites to Win Eurovision?

On Saturday, acts representing 26 countries will compete at the Eurovision Song Contest, the high-camp competition that is also world’s most watched cultural event. The winner is chosen by a combination of votes from music industry juries in participating countries and viewers watching at home. Sometimes, they reflect the strength of individual performances; other times, politics comes into play.

Who is most likely to triumph at this year’s event in Malmo, Sweden? Here are the five acts who may have the best chance, based on European bookmakers’ odds and online chatter.

The Netherlands

Joost Klein

Joost Klein, representing the Netherlands with “Europapa,” has emerged as one of this year’s most-talked about acts.

Klein is a star in his home country who mixes pop with hyperfast beats. In “Europapa,” he raps about a transcontinental journey that is also tribute to his parents, who both died when Klein was young.

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