Ireland were the last of the 10 qualifiers to be announced after entering the same act 2 years in a row. Jedward came 8th in last years contest, which was Ireland's best result in 11 years, but will they improve on last years success? (Ireland 14/1 to win the Eurovision 2012). Jedward were thrilled to be announced as a qualifier and said: "We are going to go out there and make Ireland proud".
The other countries to qualify were Moldova, Romania, Iceland, Hungary, Denmark, Albania, Cyprus, Greece and some Russian grannies (with an age range of 43-86 years-old). (Russia 6/1 to win Eurovision).
This year's favourite comes in the shape of Loreen a former Swedish Idol contestant, whose song ‘Euphoria' was voted for by 670,000 of the 4 million viewers. (Sweden 11/8 to win the Eurovision 2012). Following closely behind is Italy with a lively ode by Nina Zilli entitled ‘Out of love', that could possibly bring a surprise to this years competition. Italy has passed on the contest in most years claiming they have had no interest, but they could possibly turn that around with this years performance. (Italy 8/1 to win Eurovision 2012).
A win for the UK in Jubilee year, although it could happen, and would be amazing, is not looking likely. (UK 16/1 to win the Eurovision 2012). Engelbert Humperdinck has been a big name in the international music industry for over 40 years and still has a loyal, global fan base, so it will have come as a bit of a blow that his Eurovision single ‘Love Will Set You Free' only managed to reach number 76 in the charts; ironically the same number in years he has been on the planet. However, ‘The Hump' did say he had a "great chance" at winning this year's Eurovision, which has not been won by the UK since 1997, and so will still be hoping for glory on the night.