The running order for the grand final of Eurovision 2014 has been revealed – and it’s potentially good news for UK hopeful Molly.
The Leicestershire lass – who is heavily tipped to bring the nation its best contest result in years – will be the very last of the 26 acts to perform on Saturday night, after the running order for the show was determined by producers.
And that is thought to have given her chances of doing well a further boost, given that songs from the latter half of the competition tend to fare better on the scoreboard than those performed earlier.
Molly will follow first time finalists San Marino – who are among the outsiders for the win – although she may yet face a challenge from the Netherlands, who are 24th in the running order.
Dutch duo The Common Linnets saw their odds plummet from 125-1 to 7-1 following their performance in Tuesday night’s final, and they are now strongly fancied to give their country its first win since 1975.
Meanwhile Austria’s Conchita Wurst – who went down a storm in Thursday night’s semi-final – is 11th in the running order, with many saying that her James Bond-esque ballad Rise Like A Phoenix will be the one to beat on Saturday night.
If she does triumph it will be the first win for the Austrians in 48 years – with their one and only contest victory to date coming courtesy of Udo Jurgens in 1966.
Elsewhere Ukraine’s Mariya Yarumchek will kick off this year’s final, with Teo from Belarus taking the dreaded second slot – from which no country has ever managed to win.
It’s slightly better news for Swedish favourite Sanna Nielsen, who is 13th in the running order, although Armenia’s strongly-fancied Aram MP3 could struggle to make an impact from singing seventh.
Although it is possible to win Eurovision from singing in an early slot in the competition, a spot in the second half is generally regarded as favourable, with just two winners since 2000 coming from the first half of the show.
Jade Ewen, who finished fifth for the UK in 2009, performed 23rd on the night, while Engelbert Humperdinck tumbled to second last place after performing first in the competition in 2012.
However last spot in the final has not produced a winner since 1983, when Luxembourg’s Corinne Hermes triumphed.