Loreen may not have advanced direct to the final during Semi-Final 4 of Melodifestivalen 2017, but the bookies at Swedish betting site UNIBET still have faith that she will challenge for the win.
As of 23:45 GMT, just hours after the heat in Skellefteå, Loreen sits as joint second favourite with Wiktoria, with each of them having odds of 4.
You may be asking yourself how this is possible — given that Loreen just finished in third or fourth place in her semi-final. But Loreen has a relatively easy duel as she’ll face 18-year-old Anton Hagman, who qualified for Andra Chansen last week. Indeed, Anton is rated as the least likely to win Melodifestivalen, with odds of 150.
Furthermore, many assume that she’ll benefit from the international juries who take part in the final. Up until now it’s only been the Swedish public voting.
Speaking to us after the show on Saturday, Loreen said that she’s “going to take a look at [the performance] and see if everything is the way it’s supposed to be” and added that she plans “to edge it up a bit.”
Both Loreen and Wiktoria — who delivered a vocally sound performance of “As I Lay Me Down” on Saturday — will have to overcome the bookies current favourite Nano.
The “Hold On” singer currently has the lowest odds to win, sitting comfortably with odds of 2.1
His drum ‘n bass song has drawn comparisons to works by Rudimental and Jessica Mauboy, who, in fact, shares a songwriter with Nano in the form of Carl Ryden.
His personal story — he’s a former prisoner who has turned his life around through music — will likely win him votes, helping bolster his strong bid which includes a current song and a stellar voice.
Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia, Mariette and Robin Bengtsson sit in joint third, each with odds of 12.0.
Melodifestivalen 2017: Odds to win
With the exception of Loreen, all other Andra Chansen acts occupy the bottom seven spots in the odds table.
Owe Thörnqvist, the eldest of all the contestants, is considered the qualifier least likely to win, with odds of 36.
What do you make of the odds? Do you think that Loreen actually has a chance to win this still? Will she have greater appeal to the international juries than the other Swedish acts? Let us know in the comments box below.