Google launches prediction website

People can now follow their favourite Eurovision acts and track their success. The iGoogle Prediction Gadget lets fans across Europe view a popularity timeline based on the number of searches for the different countries' entrants. It then calculates this and tells people who would win if the voting took place that day.

The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual pan-European competition, which this year takes place in Moscow on 16 May. Each European country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition.

As countries can’t vote for themselves in the contest, Google also excludes data from the participants' own country. The Prediction Gadget can also be embedded into a user’s website or blog. People unsure about who they would like to vote for can also visit Google’s Eurovision page to view Youtube videos of the participants.

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