Germany is the favourite to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, according to a BBC panel.

Roger Cicero’s swing entry came ahead of songs from Switzerland, Serbia, Georgia and Spain in the top five.

UK hopefuls Scooch rated 19th out of the 42 songs with their airplane-themed entry Flying The Flag (For You) while Montenegro, Portugal and Armenia finished at the bottom of the table with ‘nul’ points.

Eurovision singers – including two past winners – joined fans from across Europe on the BBC’s unofficial jury.

Other songs that attracted the 11-strong panel’s support and made it into the top 10 came from Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Belarus and Russia.

Songs from Moldova, Denmark, Latvia and Hungary missed out on the top 10 but these countries are tipped to qualify in the semi-final, to be held in Helsinki on Thursday night.

The semi-final will see 28 countries battle it out for just 10 places in Saturday night’s main event, joining the 14 countries – including the UK – that qualified automatically.

Six of the countries listed in the panel’s top 10 still have to perform in the qualifying event.

The semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be shown on Thursday May 10 on BBC Three at 8pm.

The grand final, on May 12, will be shown on BBC One from 8pm.