Eurovision winner: 3 reasons Azerbaijan will snatch victory from Italy

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Fans are gearing up for the worldwide song competition, which usually attracts around 180 million viewers. The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence was the most recent winner after seeing victory in 2019’s Eurovision Song Contest. At the moment, Italy is the favourite to win this year’s show, which is broadcast on BBC One. But could Azerbaijan’s Efendi snatch victory from Italy’s Måneskin? Express.co.uk has rounded up three reasons why this is a possibility.

Måneskin is currently the favourites to win, with promising odds of 9/4 the latest on Ladbrokes for the Italian entry.

A clip of the band performing was posted just days ago to YouTube on the official Eurovision account and has racked up close to 480,000 views.

France, with 3/1 odds, Malta with 11/2 and Iceland with 7/1 are also set to be strong contenders.

But could an underdog entry defy the odds to win the 2021 competition?

As a household name in Azerbaijan, the country’s entry Efendi is known for appearing in TV talent shows such as ‘Yeni ulduz’, ‘Böyük Səhnə’ and ‘The Voice of Azerbaijan’.

According to European Broadcasting Union, the starlet competed in The Silk Way Star in 2017 – a huge international singing competition.

Clearly, the 30-year-old can sing and has experience in winning other competitions.

The singer also has a promising background which could see her secure the winning title, despite other countries being high on the betting lists.

Another favourable feature of Efendi is that she represented the country at The Voice of Nur-Sultan.

This was a different Kazakhstani competition and Efendi beat plenty of other hopefuls.

Azerbaijan has had mixed success in Eurovision in the past but has won before.

In 2011, a song by the country’s entry Ell & Nikki saw them soar to victory. With the entry only receiving 5.26 points per voting country, Azerbaijan holds the record of the lowest average score for a winning song under that voting system, which changed in 2016.

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The third and final reason Efendi could win is that it took five attempts for the act to represent Azerbaijan in the contest.

She was finally chosen in 2020 by an international jury of music producers, composers, TV professionals and journalists.

The European Broadcasting Union wrote that Efendi is interested in sports, Pilates, dancing, and strip plastics.

The publication also said that she spends her free time walking her dog and also has two parrots.

Last night (Tuesday, May 18), saw the first semi-final of the competition take place in Rotterdam.

A total of 32 countries will face the biggest sing-off on the weekend with hopes of being voted the winner.

Norway, Israel, Russia, Azerbaijan, Malta, Lithuania, Cyprus, Sweden, Belgium and Ukraine made it through to the competition following the first semi-finals.

The countries will join Italy, UK, Spain, France and Germany, who secured a spot in the final alongside 2021 host country, The Netherlands.

The Eurovision Final takes place on Saturday, May 22 at 8pm on BBC One.

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