It’s that time of the year once again, when everyone’s favourite singing competition, the Eurovision Song Contest, is just around the corner and excitement for the event begins to build.

Ahead of the event, we run you through all you need to know about the upcoming edition, including who the Eurovision 2021 favourites for glory are.

Check out the latest Eurovision betting odds at William Hill 

Eurovision 2021: when and where

Hopefuls from 40 countries will descend on Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest this year as they battle it out for the big prize. Rotterdam’s venue, Ahoy, will play host, having previously staged the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.

France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are the only countries guaranteed a space in the final, which takes place on Saturday 22nd May. The other nations, meanwhile, will first have to battle through the semi-finals, which take place on Tuesday 18th May and Thursday 20th May in this year’s Eurovision calendar.

Who represents the United Kingdom this year?

Among this year’s Eurovision entrants and representing the UK in 2021 is James Newman. In 2013, James won a Brit Award for co-writing the British Single of the Year, Waiting All Night, performed by Rudimental and Ella Eyre, which went onto be a UK No.1

As a lead artist, the 35-year-old made it to No. 23 last year, while 2018 tune Therapy by Armin van Buuren climbed to number four in this year’s host nation, the Netherlands, with James supplying the lyrics.

His Eurovision single, Embers, is an upbeat dance-pop song about enduring passion and has so far had 1.1 million views on YouTube and 1.3 million listens on Spotify.

Eurovision 2021: latest odds

But when it comes to the Eurovision latest betting, at odds of 100/1 though, James Newman certainly isn’t being tipped for the top spot in Rotterdam this year.

And neither is Ireland’s Lesley Roy, who will perform MAPS. The Balbriggan singer-songwriter is 200/1 to bring Eurovision glory back to the Emerald Isle for the first time since 1996. While it’s been 25 long years since their last victory, Ireland lead the way when it comes to most Eurovision title wins with seven among all the Eurovision countries.

Britain’s Got Talent fans might recognise this year’s red-hot 5/2 favourite representing Malta, Destiny. Her dream was to perform in front of The Queen, but Destiny, just 14 when on BGT in 2017, was dumped out in the semi-finals.

Destiny went onto win The X Factor in Malta and was previously a winner of Junior Eurovision in 2015. She will perform Je Me Casse, a dancefloor filler about female empowerment which has had over five million views on YouTube already.

Elsewhere among the Eurovision odds, France’s Barbara Pravi is second in the betting at 7/2 with her song, Voila, while Switzerland, 6/1, and Italy, 7/1, make up the top four in the betting and the only other countries available at single-figure prices.

While the UK sit much further down the betting in the Eurovision 2021 odds, it’s Georgia who are the rank outsiders at 400/1, while hosts Netherlands are 300/1 for glory.