YOUR Saturday night has just been freed up, because Google already knows who will win Eurovision 2019 – or so it thinks.
The tech giant has dug up search data from across the competing countries, giving it a good idea of where the most votes might go.
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Google has examined searches for countries’ contestants to see who is attracting the most interest.
But to make it fair, Google has excluded search interest from a competing country’s own citizens.
So Brits looking for Michael Rice won’t be counted.
According to Google, the top spot is almost certainly going to Duncan Laurence, who represents the Netherlands.
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“If you look at which contestants people are searching for – awarding Eurovision-style points based on search activity for other countries’ contestants – you’d find that the Netherlands is currently projected to win, followed by Russia and Italy,” Google explained.
Google also reckons it’s clocked who has the most consistent pattern of searching (and perhaps voting) for each other.
It might come as no surprise find out that it’s neighbouring nations Cyprus and Greece who top the chart.
Interestingly, Google has also compared its search data with YouTube’s – and the results are different.
According to YouTube, the country with the most YouTube views related to Eurovision is Italy, followed by Malta and the Netherlands.
But if you exclude a country’s own views, it turns out that Malta is in the top spot.
The second Eurovision 2019 semi-final is being held tonight, Thursday, May 16 at 8pm UK time.
And the Grand Final will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 8pm UK time.
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The semi-finals and final will be available to watch on the YouTube channel Eurovision Song Contest.
The channels will be providing Eurovision song reviews, fan reactions, interviews and more.
It is currently possible to watch live stream videos of each country’s entry on the main Eurovision channel and wiwibloggs, as well as Eurovision.tv and Eurovisionlive.com.
You will be able to catch the songs in our individual profiles on our Eurovision index.
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