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.”[polldaddy poll=”6094764″]
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”