As all you diehard fans know, the Big Five — that’s France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — bypass the semi-finals and receive an automatic place in the final. That’s down to the significant financial contributions they make to the contest every year. The host country — in this case Sweden — also joins them. After all — if you’re throwing the party, it’d be a shame to be asked to leave after the first course…
Big 5 + Sweden betting odds
Of these six automatic qualifiers, the bookies at Ladbrokes currently have Sweden’s Frans down as the most likely to win, with odds of 6/1. France’s Amir leads the way for the Big 5, and currently has odds of 12/1 to win. He is sitting pretty as fourth favourite. Spain’s Barei is the only other automatic qualifier in the Top 10. She currently rests in ninth position with odds of 20/1. Italy is 11th favourite (25/1), Germany is 18th ( 33/1), and the UK is 22nd (50/1).
But who is YOUR favourite? You can review all of the Automatic Qualifiers below and then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.
France: Amir with “J’ai cherché”
Vive la France! With an overhaul of their selection process and a new Head of Delegation, France certainly seems to be doing as much as they can to give their Eurovision prospects a boost. After only finishing in the top ten once in the past ten years (hey, Patricia Kaas), Amir looks set to change that.
Germany: Jamie-Lee Kriewitz with “Ghost”
After the Xavier Naidoo scandal, Germany went back to their tried and tested Unser Song format once again. Jamie-Lee Kriewitz was the obvious choice in the final, with the Voice of Germany winner triumphing with her song “Ghost”. At only 18 years of age, Jamie-Lee already has her own style: she’s bringing her brand of German-Japanese fusion whether you like it or not.
Italy: Francesca Michielin with “No Degree of Separation”
Italy had their own difficulties with their national selection. Stadio won Sanremo, but then said they weren’t going to Eurovision. Francesca Michielin, the runner-up at Sanremo, came to the rescue…only for another prolonged period of confusion when we didn’t know if she would sing in Italian or English or whether she’d switch her song. In the end, Italy have gone with the Italian-English mix of “No Degree of Separation” and will hope to keep their place at the top of the Big Five.
Spain: Barei with “Say Yay!”
Another year and another new selection process for Spain, with Objetivo Eurovisión pitting six acts against each other. Barei charmed us on her way to victory, overcoming more established acts like Xuso Jones and Maria Isabel. With a reworked version and Brequette behind her in Stockholm, it’s clear that Barei and Spain are taking this very seriously.
Sweden: Frans with “If I Were Sorry”
It’s not often that Sweden sends a song that divides Eurovision fans so fiercely. But this year scores of fans say they don’t quite get Frans’ song “If I Were Sorry” citing him, his style of singing and the song among their gripes. But Frans has already broken voting records in Sweden and gone viral on Spotify. He’s getting a lot of attention, but will that help him on home turf in Stockholm?
United Kingdom: Joe and Jake with “You’re Not Alone”
After the BBC’s internal selection process failed to yield Eurovision success, the UK’s broadcaster turned back to the public in 2016. Eurovision: You Decide saw six acts fight it out for the right to be the UK’s representative. In the end, former Voice UK rivals-turned-bandmates Joe and Jake were chosen with their song “You’re Not Alone”. Can they help the UK back in to the top ten?
Vote: Who is your favourite automatic qualifier
Who are YOU feeling? Let us know in the comments box below.