Eurovision Song Contest presenter Scott Mills will be bringing fans all of the action from the first semi-final on Tuesday evening alongside Chelcee Grimes and Sara Cox. Speaking ahead of the first semi-final, he explained Malta is the “one to watch”. Singer Destiny is a strong favourite to sail straight into the Grand Final which will be broadcast on Sunday evening live from Rotterdam.
Appearing on Lorraine, Scott gave his thoughts on this year’s competition as he threw his support behind the UK entry, James Newman.
Lorraine asked: “Who have you got your eye on? Is there anybody who’s caught your eye?”
“Well I will tell you tonight’s show first, look out for Malta,” Scott advised.
“Her name is Destiny, she won Junior Eurovision. I think she was like 13 when she won that.
“But she is female empowerment, she’s sass, there’s a really high note in this song and obviously when you hear the song as a recording, you’re like is she going to be able to hit that high note?
“The answer is yes. She is absolutely smashing it. It’s ridiculous. I’ve seen all her rehearsals, she doesn’t put a note wrong.”
Scott added of Destiny’s chances of making the final: “She will definitely go through tonight.”
Malta’s odds of making the Grand Final are pegged at 4/7 by bookmakers Ladbrokes.
It comes after UK performer James said he is “absolutely buzzing” to be representing the country this year.
“I’ve been building up to this huge stage performance and I can’t wait to perform in front of millions of people across the world,” he said.
James added of the Song Contest: “We’ve had such a rubbish time, I think Eurovision is such a celebration of music, which is just what we need.
“I have recently been watching past finals, and everyone is just having the best time, it’s just the kind of escapism people need right now.”
James has also spoken for previous UK entrants for advice on how to secure victory in Rotterdam.
“I spoke to Cheryl Baker from Bucks Fizz last year, which was awesome, she is obviously a Eurovision legend,” he revealed.
“She wished me luck which was lovely. I have also spoken to Duncan Laurence who is the current reigning champion, and he said to me, make sure what you are doing feels like you, and you’ll make Europe fall in love with you.”
Eurovision Song Contest airs Saturday on BBC One at 8pm.