Let a Little Love In... and Eurovision victory could be on the cards


Russia or France are most likely to triumph at this year's Eurovision Song Contest - but it's not thanks to their choice of singer or stage performance.

Instead, both countries have picked songs whose titles contain words that have a strong pedigree for winning the competition.

Russia's entry, You Are the Only One, and France's entry J'ai Cherche, which translates as, I Have Searched For, both contain at least two of the most "successful" words in the contest's history.

BBC One Eurovision host Graham Norton (BBC)

The Press Association has analysed the titles of every song that has come first, second or third since Eurovision began in 1956 (179 songs in total).

The most frequently-used word, after the definite and indefinite article ("the" and "a"), is "love".

"Me", "I" and "you" are the next most popular.

The top 20 also includes less predictable words such as "little" "let" and "yes".

If the past trends continue, Russia and France stand the best chance of a strong finish in this year's contest, which takes place in Stockholm on Saturday.

The UK's entry, You're Not Alone by Joe and Jake, does not contain any of the top 20 words - although "not" has turned up a few times, most recently in 2012´s third-place song by Serbia, Love is Not an Object.

The UK's Eurovision contestants Joe and Jake (Ian West/PA Wire)

Words a little further down the list include "child", "rock", "blue" and - the songwriters' favourite - "la".

Some of the oddest words to appear in the titles of Eurovision's highest-placed songs include "wax", "gravity", "birdie" and, perhaps most peculiar of all, "terminal".

It wouldn't be Eurovision without some eccentric words appearing on the list, of which "diggi-loo" is possibly the most bizarre.

The song Diggi-loo Diggi-ley, by the Swedish group Herrey's, won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1984. Its title was comprised of two nonsense words that were pronounced the same in both Swedish and English.

Based on the Press Association's findings, future Eurovision contestants hoping for a top-three finish might like to consider songs with titles such as Let a Little Love In or Yes - My Love is For You.