By Michael Osborn
BBC News entertainment reporter
The BBC News website has brought together a panel of song contest luminaries who have listened to this year's 37 offerings and cast their votes for the songs they think will do well.
Its members include Danish former winner Jorgen Olsen and one-time contest presenter Jan Leeming.
The song that won most of our panellists votes, Belgium's Je T'Adore, went out on Thursday in the contest's semi-final.
But the rest of their choices are still in the running. Greece is now the top tip, with Ireland and the UK taking ninth and 10th place respectively.
You can see the full top 10 listed below - click on the links to read more about them, hear clips of the songs and see what the panel had to say.
Their findings will be revisited after the full results of this year's Eurovision have been determined on Saturday night.
1. BELGIUM: KATE RYAN - JE T'ADORE
The song: With a French title and English lyrics, Je T'Adore is a modern, uptempo offering which has had chart success in Europe since being chosen to represent Belgium in Athens.
The performer: Despite her name, 25-year-old Kate Ryan is Belgian through and through and is one of the country's best-known chart acts with a clutch of hits in Belgium and beyond.
Our jury said: "A very catchy chorus. This should go through to the final and then finish in the top 10."
Belgium's form: Teenager Sandra Kim claimed the country's sole win in 1986. Last year in Kiev, they failed to make the final. Kate Ryan will have to perform in the qualifying round.
Result: Ryan was knocked out during the semi-final.
2. GREECE: ANNA VISSI - EVERYTHING
The song: Everything is a ballsy, heartfelt rock ballad about the break-up of a relationship.
The performer: Anna Vissi, who has been performing since the 1970s, is a well-known star in both Greece and her native Cyprus. She has taken part in Eurovision twice before - for Greece in 1980 and Cyprus in 1982, finishing 13th and fifth.
Our jury said: "A very strong song that builds well. It could be the winner. The home country always tends to get a bonus from the reaction of the crowd."
Greece's form: After years of lacklustre results, the country came third in 2001. The feat was repeated three years later, and in 2005, Helena Paparizou triumphed in Kiev.
Result: Greece came ninth.
3. SWEDEN: CAROLA - INVINCIBLE
The song: An anthemic production with a slow start which builds to a thumping chorus with distinctive vocals.
The performer: Carola, who has been performing since she was a teenager in the early 1980s, is very well-known throughout Scandinavia. She entered Eurovision in 1983 and won the contest in 1991, giving her a unique pedigree in this year's line-up.
Our jury said: "It's Eurovision by numbers. You can imagine it being sung as the winner at the end of the show."
Sweden's form: One of the best Eurovision records with four wins, including the legendary Waterloo by Abba in 1974. They slumped to one of their worst results last year, meaning Carola must qualify from the semi-final.
Result: Carola was denied a second Eurovision win as Sweden took fifth place.
4. ROMANIA: MIHAI TRAISTARIU - TORNERO
The song: Tornero, with English verses and an Italian chorus, is the most contemporary offering in the contest - a dance anthem with soaring vocals.
The performer: Mihai Traistariu has collected scores of musical prizes all over eastern Europe and has a rare male voice that stretches five octaves - a similar range to Mariah Carey. This is his sixth attempt to be selected for Eurovision.
Our jury said: "Something about this makes it hard to forget - a very high scorer."
Romania's form: The country achieved its best result in Kiev last year, taking third place.
Result: One below last year - fourth place.
5. MALTA: FABRIZIO FANIELLO - I DO
The song: A slice of breezy, uptempo pop with a simple chorus.
The performer: Fabrizio Faniello is one of Malta's best-known teen heart-throbs. He represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001, finishing in fifth place.
Our jury said: "A really good refrain and chorus. For such a tiny country, they always produce the goods."
Malta's form: After a couple of disastrous starts in the 1970s, the country withdrew from Eurovision until the 1990s and a string of impressive results. But Malta has yet to achieve a victory.
Result: Malta scored a measly un point in the final, putting them in last place.
6. RUSSIA: DIMA BILAN - NEVER LET YOU GO
The song: A modern pop song with a serious edge and catchy chorus which would not sound out of place in the UK charts.
The performer: Dima Bilan comes from southern Russia and has released three albums in his native country and picked up two MTV Russian Music Awards in 2005.
Our jury said: "Very professional, good strong song with a great chorus."
Russia's form: Since their contest debut in 1994, the country's best showing was second place in 2000 and third place with controversial pop duo Tatu in 2003. Dima Bilan must qualify from the semi-final.
Result: Russia hold the runners-up position, with a very respectable 248 votes.
7. SWITZERLAND: SIX4ONE - IF WE ALL GIVE A LITTLE
The song: A harmonious tune about getting on with each other, written by Eurovision's most prolific composer Ralf Siegel.
The performers: This multi-national group was formed especially for Switzerland's Eurovision bid and features singers from Malta, Germany, Sweden, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Israel and the home country.
Our jury said: "This will probably be featured in the next soft drinks TV commercial. The tune, refrain and chorus are good."
Switzerland's form: They won the first contest in 1956 and didn't repeat the feat until Celine Dion's triumph in 1988. After finishing the semi-final with no points in 2004, they came eighth last year represented by Estonian band Vanilla Ninja.
Result: 17th place.
8. GERMANY: TEXAS LIGHTNING - NO NO NEVER
The song: A melodic, toe-tapping slice of Country and Western with infectious verses and chorus.
The performers: Vocalist Jane Comerford, who hails from Australia, fronts the five-piece band who spend their time performing Country covers of pop and rock songs such as Highway To Hell and Dancing Queen.
Our jury said: "It will get the audience going and you can sing along from the first listen. A simple, understated but effective song."
Germany's form: They have been present at virtually every Eurovision Song Contest, but have only won once with Nicole's A Little Peace in 1982. Last year they came last in the final with just four points.
Result: 15th place.
9. IRELAND: BRIAN KENNEDY - EVERY SONG IS A CRY FOR LOVE
The song: A soft, heartfelt ballad with soaring vocals and a simple arrangement.
The performer: Belfast-born Brian Kennedy was spotted by Van Morrison in the early 1990s and became his protege for six years. His rendition of You Raise Me Up which he sang at football legend George Best's funeral last year reached number three in the UK charts.
Our jury said: "A good singer will always score points. A beautiful song."
Ireland's form: Ireland has a record seven wins to its credit, but its recent form has slumped, culminating in failure to progress from the semi-final in Kiev last year.
Result: Although Kennedy received votes from almost every other Eurovision nation, Ireland ended up in tenth place.
10. UNITED KINGDOM: DAZ SAMPSON - TEENAGE LIFE
The song: An uptempo rap tune interspersed with the vocals of a teenage girl's choir.
The performers: Mancunian rapper Daz Sampson is also a dance music producer, scoring hits with Uniting Nations and Blue Bus. His five "schoolgirl" backing singers are integral to the act.
Our jury said: "Probably the liveliest song in the show as far as energy and enthusiasm goes. Interesting, somewhat different - Eurovision has moved on."
UK's form: With five wins and 15 second places, one of the best records. But disappointing results in recent years has left the country struggling to recapture a winning formula.
Result: Sampson failed to inspire the public. With only 25 points, the UK came 19th.
The countries which failed to receive any votes from the Eurovision jury: Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Poland and Portugal.
The semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place on 18 May and will be screened on BBC Three from 2000 BST. The final on 20 May will be shown on BBC One from 2000 BST.