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The song entered in any given year by the host nation is usually the one guaranteed the biggest cheer. It’s a hard thing to get right. Broadcasters have to make it look like they’ve put in the effort, when in truth the idea of having to organise Eurovision two years on the trot is a logistical and financial nightmare – it’s hard enough getting sponsors once, twisting their arms a second time is neigh on impossible.

It results in a mediocre song that should land somewhere mid table, but there’s no shame if it ends last. But if that song ever finds itself in the top three during the vote count, you can be sure there are telly execs eyeing up tall buildings and checking their insurance policies are in order.

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