Eurovision 2016: crystal-gazing for Stockholm


Hello, Europe! It’s Camilla calling. Here are the House of Apcar predictions for Eurovision 2016 …good luck!

How I want the top five to look…

  1. Russia
  2. Armenia
  3. Austria
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Italy

Where the UK will place… the UK’s place in the final is guaranteed as one of the ‘Big Five’ (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK). It was all looking pretty strong for Joe and Jake, but if the extremely distracting faces projected on stage stick in viewers’ minds, we’re screwed. They’re the only duo to make the final and we’ve got a nice place towards the end of the night, but there’s an awful lot of catchy soloists with interesting special effects to beat on the way to the top.

Who I think will actually end up in the top five (and I look forward to being proven wrong)…

  1. Russia
  2. Malta
  3. Armenia
  4. Australia
  5. Ukraine

Four sassy female soloists, and a man with the coolest staging seen at Eurovision since Loreen.

The bookies are tipping… Russia. It’s not hard to see why in terms of entertainment value, or understand the political reasons behind why they really want to win. Russia almost always finishes in the top three (last year Polina came in second) – call it bloc voting if you will, but more often than not they just have a really good contestant.

Against my better judgement… I adore the French singer Amir. Since San Marino’s Serhat was devastatingly cast from the contest, there needs to be a bit of fun injected among all the many ladies spouting power pop.

I’m rooting for… Armenia and Malta. Two countries that deserve a win at Eurovision.

Watch out for… the similarities between Armenia and Azerbaijan – and learn to tell the difference. One can sing live quite well; the other can’t, and they’ve been placed by the Swedish broadcaster/EBU at opposite ends of the running order. Will the recent flare over the Nagorno-Karabakh border region play into voting?

Bust a move to… Belgium’s Laura Tesoro. She’s opening the show, which means she’s likely to get forgotten about after two hours and 25 other singers (plus Justin Timberlake in the interval), but it’s okay – she’s only 19. Many bright years of Eurovision ahead of her.

I’m interested to see… how the new voting presentation system works (and digging deep into the public vote numbers on Sunday), and whether anyone cares that Australia have been allowed back into the contest.