Public give ‘nul points’ to Eurovision

The public have given this year’s UK Eurovision hopefuls a resounding thumbs down, according to the bookies. Paddy Power told the Mirror that less than 100 bets have been placed on the outcome of Saturday’s Eurovision: Your Decision, which will choose the UK’s representative for this year’s song contest in Belgrade. “There’s been ‘nil interest’ in the UK’s entry for Eurovision this year,” said a spokeswoman for the bookmakers. “None of the six acts particularly stand out from the crowd and as a result the betting isn’t busy. Most of our UK punters have turned their attention to Ireland’s entry Dustin to go all the way.” They have made girl group The Revelations 15-8 favourites to win the ticket to Belgrade on Saturday night, with their 60s-flavoured song It’s You. Former X Factor finalist Andy Abraham is second favourite at 5-2, while ex-EastEnder Michelle Gayle has odds of 9-2. Girl group LoveShy, made up of former Popstars The Rivals contenders Aimee Kearsley and Emma Beard, are outsiders. The six acts will go head to head in three categories for the chance to represent the UK. Andy and Michelle will compete in the solo artists category and The Revelations and LoveShy in the groups. The other category, Joseph vs Maria, will see see Any Dream Will Do finalist Rob McVeigh face off against Simona Armstrong, one of the hopefuls from How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria. Four acts – the winners of each category plus one ‘wild card’ will progress to the next stage, with two eventually left to battle it out for the chance to go to Eurovision. This year’s final will be held in the Serbian capital on May 24, with two semi-finals taking place on May 20 and 22 to determine the final line-up.