There is little time left before the start of Eurovision Song Contest. Eurovision-2017 will be held in Kyiv on the territory of the International Exhibition Center. The final of the song contest is scheduled for May 13.
According to the forecasts of the bookmakers, Ukraine would take the 28th place. This is evidenced by the combined bookmakers’ data at eurovisionworld.com. Ukraine’s music band O.Torvald with its composition “Time” is definitely not among the favorites. On the other hand, Ukraine’s final performance number is 22, which is considered a pretty profitable lot. However, last year, when Jamala triumphed at Eurovision, bookmakers did not put her in first place.
Russian singer Yulia Samoilova, whose performance at the contest is still in doubt, might take 10th place, bookmakers are convinced.
At the moment, the leader is the representative of Italy Francesco Gabani, Bulgaria (singer Kristian Kostov) is on second place, and on the third is Sweden (Robin Bengtson). The data is updated daily and can undergo significant changes. Who are these singers that might get to the top 10?
#1 Francesco Gabbani (Italy) is a Tuscan singer and songwriter. His approaching to the world of music began from a tiny accomplice - his family owned the only shop of musical instruments in the city. At the age of four, he started to beat the drum. At the age of 9 he began to learn guitar play, spending adolescence in an emotional whirlwind, which made him realize that expressing himself with music is the way of his life. He became famous after winning the newcomers' section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2016 with the song "Amen". The next year, he went on to win the main section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2017 with the song "Occidentali's Karma".
#2 Salvador Sobral would represent Portugal at the song contest in Ukraine. He is a Portuguese singer and composer. In 2009, he competed in the third season of "Ídolos" (Idols), where he finished seventh. Salvador has been studying jazz music in Barcelona at the school Taller de Musics. During his stay in Barcelona, he was the vocalist of the pop indie band "Noko Woi", with whom he participated in the Festival Sónar in Spain. In Portugal, he has been working with several big names on the Jazz scene, and in 2016 his first album in his own name, "Excuse Me" was released.
#3 Kristian Kostov, a finalist in season one of the The Voice Kids Russia and a runner-up in the fourth season of X Factor Bulgaria, is going to represent Bulgaria this year in Kyiv. The selection of Kristian follows the theme of the contest this year, Celebrate Diversity, since his father is Bulgarian and his mother is from Kazakhstan. He started his musical journey at the age of 6. After going solo when he was 11 years old, he took part in many competitions, but the first big boost for Kristian’s career was his 2014 appearance on Russia’s The Voice Kids, where he was mentored by for Eurovision Song Contest winner Dima Bilan. Kristian recalled the experience fondly: "Dima is a great guy and he was the one who inspired me to reach the final and give my best week after week. Without him it would have been impossible for me to do it."
#4 Ellie Delvaux, also known as Blanche (Belgium) is 17 years old and previously took part in the fifth season of The Voice Belgium. She was internally selected by Belgian broadcaster RTBF. Over the past few months Blanche has been working on her latest release, City Lights, with Pierre Dumoulin, lead singer of the group Roscoe. Roscoe won the Octave Award for Best Album of the Year on two occasions, in 2012 and 2015.
#5 Robin Bengtsson (Sweden) first rose to fame as a competitor on 2008's Swedish Idol. He later went on to compete in Sweden's Melodifestivalen 2016 with the single "Constellation Prize." Robin Bengtsson: "It's been a really good year for me. I've got to go around the country to play and meet the people who voted for me. My song Constellation Prize is still played on the radio, so it was really hard to top it this year. I try not to compare because it is a completely new line-up and a new track for me, but somewhere inside I wanted to be even better than last year." About his winning song, he says: "It brings a little more joy and momentum than last year. It is upbeat, funky and engaging in a different way."
#6 Ilinca ft. Alex Florea with a song Yodel It! would represent Romania. Ilinca Băcilă, an 18-year-old Romanian singer, became famous after competing on the fourth season of Vocea Romaniei, the Romanian version of The Voice. The young singer is well known for her unique yodelling. She teamed up with Romanian signer Alex Florea, who also competed in the Romanian Voice. They are singing the song Yodel it! which was composed and written by Mihai Alexandr and Alexandra Niculae.