Sweden, Russia and Italy strong Eurovision favourites

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Several Eurovision Song Contest finalists rehearsed until 3am in preparation for Saturday night’s gala event in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Irish twins Jedward put the finishing touches to their dance routine as they readied to represent the Emerald Isle for a second time in a row.

Britain is counting on 76-year-old crooner Engelbert Humperdinck to pull off a surprise win in front of 125 million television viewers.

“How do I feel? All right. I feel great.” said Humperdinck. “We have had our last rehearsals today and hopefully it is going to go terrific. I am only frightened in case the television cameras break down.”

German entrant Roman Lob became famous in his homeland just two months ago after winning the national Eurovision competition. Lob hopes he can emulate Germany’s success two years ago by singer Lena.

Our correspondent Galina Polonskaya in the Azeri capital says: “As the last rehearsals come to an end, bookmakers think Sweden, Italy or Russia are favourites to win Eurovision 2012. Once all 26 countries have voted on Saturday night, we could be in for a pleasant surprise.”

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