The so-called “Big Five”—France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom—receive automatic bids to the grand finale. That’s because they pour the most money into Eurovision every year, along with the host country. Fair enough. If you dropped millions into a party you’d want a guarantee of an invitation too! In recent years the Big Five have made the most of their ticket direct to the final. Italy’s Raphael Gualazzi placed second in 2011. And Germany’s Lena won in 2010.

But what will happen in 2012? If you believe the bookies, then four of the Big Five have a serious shot at winning. As of March 30, Italy, the U.K., Spain and Germany were all listed among the eight countries with the lowest odds of winning. France’s Anggun, on the other hand, was ranked down around #20.

You can watch all five of the Big Five’s official videos below, and then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many countries as you would like, but you can only vote one time. Be sure to click on the box next to every song you like before pressing “VOTE.”

France: Anggun with “Echo (You and I)”

Germany: Roman Lob with “Standing Still”

Italy: Nina Zilli with “L’amore è femmina” (Love is female)

Spain: Pastora Soler with “Quédate conmigo” (Stay with me)

United Kingdom: Engelbert Humperdinck with “Love Will Set You Free”

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nancy moreno
8 years ago

Go Humpy. relax and Soar on the wings of your golden voice because our love has set you free.

Lydia
Lydia
8 years ago

UK really??? o_O I mean he is like 100 years and the song …… in a lack of words ancient?? Every year is the same with UK, like they dont get the mainstream music and what people would like. They come last every year. Everybody else of big five seems to have learn their lessen, when Lena won two years ago and have sent some good songs this year but not UK. Why is that?? My vote goes for Germany this year, it is nice song. To be honest this year is poor altogether. I like Denmark too.

Coardos
Coardos
8 years ago

Romania is No 1 !

Peters
Peters
8 years ago

SPAIN ,OBVIOUSLY IS THE BEST BALLAD THIS YEAR, AND PASTORA THE MOST CARISMATIC SINGER , SPAIN BRING REALLY HIGH QUALITY THIS YEAR, AND SWEDEN IS VERY OVERATED , THE SONG IS NOT THAT GOOD , AND I DONT SEE LOREEN HAVE MUCH CARISMA, THE TRUE COME 26 MAY, MORE THAN ONE EUROFAN GO TO BE VERY DISAPOINTED WHEN SEE SEWDEN NOT WINNING ,

carolyn lonardo
8 years ago

MY CHOICE IS NONE OTHER THAN THE KING OF ROMANCE. ENGELBERT. THIS SONG IS JUST SO ROMANTIC. HIS VOICE IS NON- COMPARIBLE TO ANYONE.SO SOOTHING. WHOOT WHOOT ENGELBERT!!!

carolyn lonardo
8 years ago

ENGELBERT IS MY CHOICE. NO OTHER COMPARES WITH THE SOUND OF HIS MELODIC VOICE. YOU CAN EASILY FALL IN LOVE JUST LISTENING TO IT. WHOOT WHOOT FOR ENGELBERT

carolyn lonardo
8 years ago

oh boy” how can ANYONE VOTE ANYBODY BUT ENGELBERT. LOVE WILL SET YOU FREE IS SUCH A GORGEOUS SONG SUNG BY A MAN WITH A NON-COMPARIBLE VOICE. YOU COULD LISTEN TO THIS ALL DAY AND STILL NOT HAVE ENOUGH. THE WORDS.THE MELODY AND OF COURSE THAT MELODIC VOICE. GOD YES ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK ALL THE WAY

Cathy Buskirk
Cathy Buskirk
8 years ago

Engelbert all the way…..no other can compare to what he has done so beautifully for the past 45 years and still is doing for all his fans around the world! He is Loved, Respected, and Appreciated! There is no other who can sing a song the way he does….it comes from his Heart and Soul and his every emotion and is just for us…everyone hears him singing…but yet he sings to us individually. Enge and “Love Will Set You Free” and the UK for the win!

Cathy Buskirk
Cathy Buskirk
8 years ago

Engelbert all the way! No one else even comes close to what he does and has done for 45 years…and still giving to all his fans around the world! He is Loved, Respected, and Appreciated by millions!

ESC?
ESC?
8 years ago

Italy and France ,the best !!!
Spain horrible ! Germany too boring ! UK ,,,,,,,,,,!

Allen
Allen
8 years ago

Anggun, France obviouslu so far

NathalieBazinga
8 years ago

Italy and UK 🙂

Tony
Tony
8 years ago

Italy – the best,UK and France – GOOD LUCK ! Spain – awful .Germany ,boring …..

Romania
Romania
8 years ago

Romania vote for France and Germany!!!

Annemarie
Annemarie
8 years ago

I wish that Malta wins but from the big five i obviously choose Pastora Soler .. Spain :))
Goodluck

vian
vian
8 years ago

All big five is cool! but the most unique and cool is France (Anggun)

Carlos
Carlos
8 years ago

UK and ITALY !! – the best BIG 5 songs
France – nice song
Spain and Germany – sucks

Judy Aucoin
Judy Aucoin
8 years ago

Definitely Engelbert !! His song “Love Will Set You Free” showcases his magnificent voice with feelings of emotion and love that draws the words and music directly into your heart and soul. He is the perfect representative for the UK.

Robbin
Robbin
8 years ago

Pastora, very talented and nice Lady , and she can sing soooo good live,12 points for Spain

rosalinde
8 years ago

veel geluk engelbert met die mooie stem van je kan het niet anders wij gaan voor nr 1 grtjes uuit belgie

Shirley Anderson
8 years ago

ENGELBERT NOBODY IS BETTER!! HE IS JUST A FINE GENTLEMAN AND SUCH A TALENTED PERFORMER!!~ I JUST LOVE THE GUY!!!

Nancy Moreno
8 years ago

Enge, The Eagle is soaring above all. Way to go Humpy

Roberto
Roberto
8 years ago

This is the year of Spain, the songs of the Big 5 is very commercials! Go Pastora.

Zolan
Zolan
8 years ago

It’s just great to see all of them submitting such strong entries.

Shirley Green
Shirley Green
8 years ago

Nina Zilli by far!

ferry
ferry
8 years ago

Anggun, Anggun is the best 😀

Tommy
Tommy
8 years ago

Spain is really best ballad this year , Denmark please , that is boooooring , Italy also nothing special , is clear just Pastora , and she is soooo good in live, lovely

dorothy Whalen
dorothy Whalen
8 years ago

My vote is for Engelbert. I think the song is fantastic, and such a sad story it tells, yet there is hope ~ it relates to so many people, sometime in their lives, and of course ~ sung by Engelbert, with just a guitar, not too many singers would attempt that. When Engelbert steps on that stage, in Baku, as the very first contestant, he will have everyone in awe with the way he will present this song…….No one following stands a chance, no way!

Danny
Danny
8 years ago

Spain’s song is something we here almost every year in ESC , too boring -Spain in 16 place not in top 5 !!
I love UK ,Denmark ,and Italy song’s !Good-luck !! 🙂

hung Liang
hung Liang
8 years ago

Of course Anggun, yeah anggun, she is not only popular in europe but also in ASIA, she is really hard-working woman, we all asian apreciate her for all her achievement, Anggun is truely world diva… Strong voice, a good song, and performance

PILI GAONA
8 years ago

VAMOS ENGELBERT !!! EL HOMBRE QUE CANTA EL AMOR CON MUCHA SENSUALIDAD !!!

Nathalie Ellington
8 years ago

VOTING FOR E AND LOVE WILL SET YOU FREE!

Nathalie Ellington
8 years ago

VOTING for the ONE AND ONLY E AND HIS MAGNIFICENT SONG: LOVE WILL SET YOU FREE! Beautiful man, beautiful song! I predict him the WINNER!

Tommy
Tommy
8 years ago

Without doubt Spain , Pastora is pure magic

Nirgal
8 years ago

By the way, how long had it been since all Big 5 (or 4) entries had been this good?

UK and Spain are the weakest of them… and they’re still pretty good.

Carol Bishop
8 years ago

By all means Engelbert shall bring victory for UK!

Jorge Ant
Jorge Ant
8 years ago

Definately Anggun – she got everything – the voice, the beauty and a great video

F?rid
F?rid
8 years ago

Roman is hot and has an awesome voice, but the song doesn’t suit him.
Pastora is the best, a wonderful power ballade, and her voice is so pure and perfect

B
B
8 years ago

I would have said with confidence that Italy was easily the best of the big 5 but after they changed the lyrics and made most of it in English I don’t really care for it as much anymore. Spain is really good, Germany sounds professional (but nothing out of the ordinary), Humperdinck isn’t my cup of tea but I appreciate him, and France is decent.

ESCfan
ESCfan
8 years ago

SPAIN! Pastora’s voice is strong and his song is so beautiful…

Mary Carlson
Mary Carlson
8 years ago

Engelbert should win hands down. He is the most talented “gentleman” ever born.

ESCfan
ESCfan
8 years ago

SPAIN! Pastor’s voice is strong and his song is so beautiful…

msccrm
msccrm
8 years ago

Over all, Big 5 has great choices. But I think France’s Anggun is gonna stand out as one of the strong act in Baku.

Good luck to Big 5, bravo!

Holomorph
Holomorph
8 years ago

Roman is one of the best singers who ever took part in the esc. There is not much to discuss 😉

escboom
escboom
8 years ago

Anggun of course. The most complete package, beauty, good song, and obviously the hardest worker of esc 2012 contestants ;).

Emma
Emma
8 years ago

Germany, easy. The others aren’t *bad*, but Roman is just that good. Grows on me with each listen.

Julian
8 years ago

Germany for all the package, song, melody, voice. and the package.
Italy too but depends my mood.

Seán
8 years ago

Torn between Engelbert Hunperdinck and Nina Zilli *annoying*