On May 23th 2015 the international music event we love to hate is back once again. Since Terry Wogan hung up his hat in recent years we instead get to see Graham Norton find fun and frivolous ways to take the mickey out of most of Europe... and Israel... and even Australia this year as a one off (no I'm not joking).
The show, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, is beamed to us live from Vienna, Austria, on account of last year's winning anthem Conchita Wurst's bond-esque 'Rise Like a Phoenix'. Wurst's win caused quite a stir in Russia where they toyed with the idea of launching their own equally dire Eurovision style song contest in protest. Even so, the song topped Russian download charts two days after the competition.
This year we currently already have a short favourite, Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes. This entry from Sweden ticks the appealing 'dance anthem' box, but at just 6/4 there's not an awful lot of meat on the bone. Norway's moody entry Mørland & Debrah Scarlett - A Monster Like Me hold's more appeal for me, so would be my tip and it's currently a massive 55-1 on Betfair at time of posting. It's a really genuinely good track. It really comes down to what kind of song the judges and viewers take to, a David Guetta sound of 'Heroes' or 'A Monster Like Me' which is in a similar vein to Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World's "Say Something". There for top 3,4,5 type bets with some bookmakers. I can definitely see 'A Monster Like Me' being value there.
It's still very early days of course so these are just preliminary thoughts rather than firm betting tips. You'll notice that I haven't even mentioned the UK's entry being in with a chance. Take a listen and find out why.