The Big Five—France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K.—contribute the most money to staging Eurovision every year. And while they have deep pockets, over the past decade they haven’t managed to leverage their money into success at ESC. Thankfully that’s changed in recent years. Italy’s Raphael Gualazzi placed second in 2011. And Germany’s Lena won in 2010.
But what will happen in 2012? Judging from the bookies’ odds and our very own fan poll, the Big Five are poised to have their best year in a long time. The bookies currently have Italy’s Nina Zilli listed as fourth most-likely to win. Britain’s Engelbert Humperdinck is sixth. Spain’s Pastora Soler is seventh. Germany’s Roman Lob is tenth. And France’s Anggun….well, she’s in the Top 26.
On March 30 Wiwi asked all y’all to vote for your favorite Big Five contestant and we can now reveal the results. Spain’s Pastora Soler (“Quedate Conmigo”) has come out on top followed by Britain’s Engelbert Humperdinck (“Love Will Set You Free”). Italy’s Nina Zill (“Out of Love”) and Germany’s Roman Lob (“Standing Still”) come next. Keeping consistent with the bookies, France’s Anggun (“Echo (You and I)”) finished last.
|1. Spain – Pastora Soler||535||26.02%|
|2. U.K. – Engelbert Humperdinck||434||21.11%|
|3. Italy – Nina Zilli||388||18.87%|
|4. Germany – Roman Lob||364||17.70%|
|5. France – Anggun||335||16.29%|