http://eurovisionmania.net/eurovision-contestants-2009/ [Broken] The Eurovision Song Contest has come an awful long way since the first time the continent’s budding lyricists first competed at Lugano in Switzerland in 1956. The UK has had its fair share of success, of course, from Sandie Shaw and Lulu in the Sixties through Brotherhood Of Man in the Seventies to Bucks Fizz in 1981. Katrina And The Waves were the country’s last winning act in 1997, however, and the omens aren’t good for this year’s entry, Jade Ewen. Despite the fact that her song, It’s My Time, has been co-written by none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber the Londoner who, unlike many of her recent predeccessors, can actually sing will again not only be competing against the other acts but also Britain’s questionable standing in European politics, though it’s hoped the 21-year-old actor/singer can avoid the humiliation suffered by the likes of Jemini, Javine, Scooch and Andy Abraham in recent years. Naturally, her 23-1 quote on betfair doesn’t make much appeal. Belgium’s entry has been attracting plenty of media interest, however. Described as a poor man’s Buddy Holly tribute band, Copycat have the kind of simplistic novelty value that Eurovision viewers seem to like and they might be a decent bet at 19-1 on betfair to make the top four, despite having to survive a semi-final. Norway are currently the hot favourites to win in Moscow with many convinced the elfin-like Belarus-born Alexander Ryback will be in dreamland with his song Fairytale but at 15-8 (betfred and sportingbet) you ain’t going to get rich, though you might with a saver on Malta. It’s probably fair to say that some countries take Eurovision far more seriously than others and the tiny Mediterranean island can certainly be classed among the former. No Maltese entry has ever won the contest but it’s finished runner-up twice in recent years and the accomplished Chiara, just touched off when a well-backed favourite in Kiev in 2005, is back for another tilt at the big time with What If We. It’s a decent tune and, if the international juries have any musical taste, it should be in the running so betfair’s 31-1 should give you plenty to shout about in the voting which is, let’s face it, a lot more entertaining than the contest itself! Who do you think will win?