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Dr Eurovision tips Norway for 'surprise win'

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Dr Eurovision tips Norway for 'surprise win'
Dr Paul Jordan
11:31 CEST+02:00
Britain's 'Dr Eurovision' has tipped Norway as a possible “surprise winner” in this year's song contest on Saturday, praising A Monster like Me as “a really classy and original song”.
Dr Paul Jordan, who did his PHD on the Eurovision Song Contest, told The Local that the song was one of the stand-out submissions to this year's competition. 
 
“Eurovision is often so difficult to predict but if there's ever a surprise winner I think it could be Norway,” he said. “This year there are many ballads but Norway's oozes class.” 
 
Bookmakers William Hill give Norway a 25/1 chance of winning the contest, a long way behind favourites Sweden and Russia, who have almost identical odds, with 9/4 and 5/2 respectively. 
 
Then come Italy, Australia, Estonia and Serbia, with Norway ranked seventh most likely to win.  
 
Jordan has attended the contest every year since 2000 and was awarded his PhD from Glasgow University in 2011 on 'The Eurovision Song Contest: Nation Building and Nation Branding in Estonia and Ukraine'. 
 
He has written a book on the contest, presented a documentary, The Secret History of Eurovision, and is in much demand as a pundit on the contest in the UK. 
 
However he joked that he was “in no rush to head back to Oslo”, given how expensive it had been going there in 2010 following Alexander Rybak's victory with Fairytale.  
 
 
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