By Euro Weekly News Media • 11 May 2017 • 14:58
Lucie Jones performing in the semi-finals in Kiev, Ukraine.
THE 62nd edition of the world’s longest running annual singing contest will take place this Saturday in Kiev, Ukraine, but Britain’s entry is not the bookies’ favourite.
Ahead of the spectacle, bookmakers Ladbrokes have reported that the UK are looking fairly friendless, with the odds on them taking home the title being bigger than ever before at 50/1.
The bookmakers have even taken several bets on UK entrant Lucie Jones receiving nil points at odds of 14/1.
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes told TellyMix: “Punters are preparing for a Brexit backlash from voters judging by the lack of support coming in for Lucie Jones.
Usually we are knocked over with patriotic support, but for the first time ever, punters aren’t getting behind the UK.”
BBC Eurovision host Graham Norton previously admitted he didn’t rate Lucie’s chances at Eurovision 2017.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: “I’m just not sure it will happen for us this year. I mean, I could be wrong as Germany have won, Austria have won. So, I suppose people who never win, win.
“On the night, anything can happen. I’m just not sure it will for us, though.”
Celebrities across Europe are preparing for the showdown. Enrique Iglesias has shirked Spain in favour of Montenegro’s Slavko Kalezic.
Enrique is no stranger to Eurovision. His dad Julio Inglesias represented Spain in 1970 but only finished in fourth place, and Enrique himself was the interval act at the first Eurovision Dance Contest.
Meanwhile, Russia’s 2009 winner Dima Bilan is backing 17-year-old Bulgarian superstar Kristian Kostov.
He mentored Kristian on the children’s version of The Voice Russia and the pair performed an incredible duet together.
Hope may not be lost for Lucie Jones as former One Direction singer Liam Payne cheers her on.
Liam’s girlfriend Cheryl was Lucie’s mentor on The X Factor in 2009 and they’re getting behind the UK’s Eurovision entrant.
Eurovision 2017 will air on Saturday (May 13) on BBC One from 8pm.
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