Along with host country Denmark, the Big Five — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — get an automatic spot in the grand final of Eurovision. They drop a lot of euros on the contest, and we thank them for helping keep ESC afloat. We used to roll our eyes at the jokes these nations would send to the contest. But in recent years they have been earning their keep.

The trend continues in 2014. In the latest set of odds for the final, both Denmark and the United Kingdom are in the Top 10. But that’s not the only barometer of success. France is bringing major originality. Spain will deliver a beautiful ballad (and hopefully a bit of rain). Italy will rock on with one of its biggest stars, and Germany recently staged one of the glitziest national finals in Europe. They’ve all brought something to the table this season.

But who is YOUR favourite? You can listen to the six automatic qualifiers below and then vote in our poll. This poll will close on May 7 at midnight, a few days before the grand final on May 10. Let us know what you think!

The Automatic Qualifiers

Denmark: Basim with “Cliché Love Song”

France: Twin Twin with “Moustache”

Germany: Elaiza with “Is it Right”

Italy: Emma Marrone with “La Mia Citta”

Spain: Ruth Lorenzo with “Dancing in the Rain”

United Kingdom: Molly Smitten-Downes with “Children of the Universe”

Big Five + Denmark Poll

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Helen UK
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Helen UK

Hello from UK
My big 5 poll
1 Italy ( strong)
2 UK
3 Germany
4 Denmark
5 Spain
6 France

thomas wiersma
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thomas wiersma

My favorite is Israel!

Charlotte
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Charlotte

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Teammolly
Children of the universe
Uk for the win!

TheoneEurovision
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TheoneEurovision

MOLLY with Perform on the Graham Norton Show on the 4th of may.

http://1eurovisionblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/molly-will-perform-on-graham-norton-on-4th-may/

Sam "Sopon"
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1. UK
2. France
3. Italy
4. Germany
5. Spain
6. Denmark

Dallolu
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Dallolu

The winner of Eurovision Song Contest is Spain! Madrid or Barcelona 2015!! I ???? it! C’Mon Ruth!! Europe Dancing in the rain!! Greetings ????

Greg Massourd
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Greg Massourd

I think peace loving free democratic Europe and the world community must ban fascist state Russia and their vassal Armenia totally for the occupation of Crimea bearing in mind the occupation of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine by the mentioned authoritarian fascist states such as Russia and Armenia. We are in free Europe and beyond shouldn’t be categorically in the the same boat with gay haters, gay beaters, fascists, trolls, liars, fabricators, dictators, tyrants, aggressors and illegitimate occupants and their supporters! Boycott fascist Russia and their vassal dog Armenia! We show disrespect to our freedom, beliefs, sovereignty and democracy in Europe… Read more »

Samuel
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Samuel

p.s. Azeri soul is brilliant. Thanks a lot!

Samuel
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Samuel

Professional vocals are the below contestants with idyllic performance and music

1. Azerbaijan
2. San Marino
3. Sweden

Freya
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Freya

Italy first
UK second
France third
Fourth, fifth and sixth: difficult to put in order… I don’t like them! lol
By the way, I loooove Netherlands this year!!!!

Miguel12MAI
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1. Spain (Of course, I’m Spanish, but I really love Ruth)
2. UK (Amazing song, I love it)
3. Germany (Is It Right? Yes, ’cause I love it too!)
4. Italy (Emma hasn’t a good voice on the stage, but it’s a good song)
5. Frace (Funny, but they’re not singers, ESC is for singers, disaster like Spain 2008)

Xaris
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Xaris

United Kingdom and France are going to win the competition!!! Go big5!!!

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

Of these songs, Italy is my favourite by far.
Next would be UK, France & Germany, in that order.
Can’t say I like Spain’s song much but it comes next.
Denmark gets a thumbs down. Why would you enter a song that, by it’s own admission, is a cliched love song. Surely the objective is to avoid cliches. Still it seems the kids like it.

S
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S

Denmark
United Kingdom
France
Spain
Italy
Germany

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

Tough choice, I like them all. The UK finally has a great entry (curious to hear Graham Norton’s enthusiasm for the song and the overall contest), fan of Ruth since her X Factor days, always a fan of Italian music, and Germany was there to provide entertainment when I was sick during the national final and rooted for Elaiza when I first heard their chorus. France, eh, I like but maybe 5th. Denmark is catchy.

Pastora Soler haha
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Pastora Soler haha

I love all of them this year (weird,.. xD)

1º UK
2º France
3º Italy
4º Spain
5º Germany
6º Denmark

Is it right or is it wrong?? XD

They are in mi top 10 with Armenia, Azerbaiyan and Montenegro.

Vladimir
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Vladimir

1. United Kingdom
2. Spain
3. Italy
4. Denmark
5. Germany
6. France

Tom
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Tom

They’re all alright, but the UK is the best of these by far for me.

Fernando B
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6 France
5 Italy
4 Denmark
3 United Kingdom
2 Germany
1 Spain

Who is first?
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Who is first?
Digi
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Digi

6. France
5. Germany
4. Denmark
3. United Kingdom
2. Italy
1. Spain

Marcelo N
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@Eugene UK – I’ve been talking about the interval presentation of the “Big 5-6” with friends for a couple of years… too bad we all live across the ocean and there’s too few of us here 😉 Second the motion!
@Rashad – interesting and way too sad!

@ everyone – I am in awe at how much support Spain gets from everyone else but Spanish eurofans. Not that they won’t support DITR, but rather they are somehow tepid in comparison. Bravo Spain and the rest of the Big 6 this year!

Dez
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I like them all except Italy.

1. Spain
2. United Kingdom
3. Denmark
4. Germany
5. France
6. Italy

spiceX
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spiceX

1. Denmark
2. Italy
3. Germany
4. UK
5. Spain
37. France

Thiefo
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Thiefo

I second Eugene’s idea!

Eugene UK
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Eugene UK

The Big 5 plus the host are making an effort this year, (not sure about France though,) Some of these obviously fancy holding the 60th ESC in 2015.

The big disadvantage is that they all sing once, the other 20 songs in the final will be sung twice. A massive advantage to the 20. However Lena did it for Germany in 2010, so there is hope for these 6.

I always think it would be a good idea to have these 6 sing in the intervals of the two semi-finals, 3 in each. Maybe one day?

Gem Wd
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Gem Wd

Ital, Spain, uk, ger, fra, denm

Sara Wess
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1.Germany
2.Armenia
3.The Netherlands
4. Denmark
5. Greece

Dodo
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Dodo

where is the NONE option?

Rashad
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Rashad

I know this is out of context, but I must say it. Recently there’s been something wrong going on in Denmark. As you may have heard in the Copenhagen Zoo a giraffe was shot to avoid inbreeding. A few days ago the Copenhagen Zoo killed 4 lions. This has nothing to do with Eurovision, but as it’s the host city maybe all the Eurovision fans can make a petition or make the EBU warn the authorities. I’m pretty sure Danish animal rights activists are not happy with it either. So we may become some support for them.

D
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D

1- United Kingdom (by far)
2- Italy
3- Spain
4- Denmark
——–
5- France
6- Germany

If they’re above the line it means I like it, below it means I don’t.

karen
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karen

denmark, spain, italy, germany, france, uk

gior gos ESC
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gior gos ESC

1-spain…..
2-italy……..
3-germany……..
4-UK…..
5-Denmark………
6-france….

Lewis
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1. United Kingdom (I’m from the UK, regardless it’s my favourite song on the list).
2. France
3. Germany
4. Spain
5. Denmark
6. Italy

Jon
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Jon

1)Armenia
2)Germany
3)Sweden
4)United Kingdom
5)Hungary

Maybezz
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Maybezz

Spain is my winner 2014 🙂

Miksi
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Italy,Spain,UK and Denmark 🙂

Easpag
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Easpag

1.Germany
2.Spain
3.United Kingdom
4.Italy
5.Denmark
6.France

cheaterbuyjan
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cheaterbuyjan

Either UK or Spain

SJ
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SJ

1.Denmark
2.Spain
3.Italy
4.Germany
5.United Kingdom
6.France

Z24
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Z24

1.Italy
2. UK
3. France
(all of the entries above are in my top 10. Spain just misses it and Germany is more midpack)
4. Spain
5.Germany
6. Denmark (why this country always sends blandness that always does well? 2013 was just a weird exception)

Thiefo
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Thiefo

I think this is may be the first year since I can remember when I like all the big 6 songs! Denmark and France are fun an upbeat, which contrasts among so many ballads. I’m not sure if many people will appreciate them though, specially France. I didn’t like Germany that much at first, but the more I hear it the more I like it, is growing on me. And UK and Spain, I’m glad they’re taking the contest more seriously this year, I think they have the strongest songs from these auto qualifiers, who knows? Maybe one of them… Read more »

dowager97
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dowager97

The Big 5 (or 6) are usually among my favourites; Amandine Bourgeois and Robin Stjernberg were my favourites last year, and Raphael Gualazzi for Italy in 2011. This year however I’m disappointed in them. Germany, I suppose if I had to choose one.

Khairul
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Khairul

Molly for the win. Power to the PEOPLE!

Trebinium
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Trebinium

Big 5(6) songs have never been this good. My votes go to Denmark and Italy 😉

My TOP 37 video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPJEzLFh5_I

EuroMonkey
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EuroMonkey

The Big 6 is really strong this year. Three of them are in my top 10! But my favo is UK, with a tie with Italy.

AZER
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AZER

UNITED KINGDOM

mateusz
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mateusz

I don’t know why FRANCE is so underrated this year ! I love it and would like it to win>.
My top 5 this year (from Poland)

1. France
2. Armenia
3. The Netherlands
4. Denmark
5. Greece

s5
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s5

1.United Kingdom
2.Spain
3.Italy
4.Germany
5.France
6.Denmark

Dhani
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Dhani

1. France
2. United Kingdom
3. Italy
4. Spain
5. Germany
6. Denmark