On Monday she released an instrumental snippet of her Eurovision 2017 song “In Too Deep”, shortly after revealing in an interview that she was going for the win.
And it seems that the bookies and oddsmakers believe Tijana Bogicevic, as they have slashed her odds to win the song contest for Serbia.
When we last checked in on the Eurovision odds on February 27, the Eurovision 2011 backing vocalist was the bookies’ 17th favourite with odds of 40/1 at both Betfred and Paddy Power. But following today’s reveal of her snippet she has jumped all the way to sixth position with odds of just 10/1. Talk about a change of attitude!
Speaking to Serbia’s RTS she said: “I have to tell you that the song is excellent and that that’s what makes all this easier and what gives me confidence!” Whatever she’s selling, the betmakers are buying.
Quirky outsiders: Romania and Portugal
Sunday evening gave us two new Eurovision 2017 contenders — and both of them are narrowing in on the favourites.
Italy’s Francesco Gabbani may have his adorable namaste gorilla, but Romania has a yodelling beauty in Ilinca. Singing along with Alex Florea, she won Romania’s Selectia Nationala in a landslide with her incredibly quirky track “Yodel It”.
Although Romania has dropped from sixth favourite on February 27 to seventh favourite on March 6 (owing to Serbia’s rise), their odds to win have actually narrowed.
Betfred has moved them from 16/1 to 12/1, while Paddy Power has slashed their odds from 10/1 to 7/1.
Another country shaking up the betting odds is Portugal, which selected crooner Salvador Sobral during Sunday’s Festival da Cancao.
The “Amar Pelos Dois” singer is bringing another quirky, out-of-the-box performance. His doesn’t rely on gimmicks. Instead he creates a dreamy atmosphere with a song that could have come from a Billie Holiday jazz album.
It’s quiet yet stirring and he shows off his vocal prowess without actually being showy. It’s a rare gift.
And the bookies have responded. Portugal — perennially last in the betting odds — finds itself in the strange position of being eighth favourite.
On February 27 Portugal found itself as 22nd favourite with odds of 66/1. By Monday evening Betfred and Paddy Power had narrowed Portugal to 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.
Where is Estonia in the betting odds?
Two days after Koit Toome & Laura snatched the crown in Tallinn, Estonia’s odds remain steady at 20/1. However, they’ve moved from eighth favourite to tenth owing to the rise of Serbia and Portugal.
Bookmakers don’t appear any more impressed today than they were last week by the duo’s “Verona”, which takes the drama of Shakespeare’s epic Romeo & Juliet and turns it into weaponised Eurovision duet dynamite.
Italy remains the firm favourite to win
Italy, on the other hand, continues to pick up momentum. Francesco Gabbani’s “Occidentalli’s Karma” is cool, clever and a chart hit: It’s racked up 43 million views on YouTube, five million streams on Spotify, and has hit the Number #1 spot on Italy’s domestic FIMI chart.
On February 27 the bookies had him as the favourite, with Betfred and Paddy Power putting him down at 2/1 at the time. Following the most recent selection shows they’ve dropped his odds further — to 7/4 and 6/4 respectively — suggesting growing confidence.
If sales of the Namaste Gorilla t-shirt and smartphone cover are any indicator, he’s definitely very popular among our readers who are snapping up these limited edition items like candy.
Eurovision 2017 Winner Odds March 6 (19:00 GMT)
Further down the 100/1 club is still going strong. Countries across the continent, from San Marino and Spain to Malta and Slovenia, share the long straw for winning Eurovision in Kyiv this May.
Bar San Marino and Belgium, the majority of these countries have already declared their songs for Eurovision and will need serious werk to close the gap with the leaders by May.
What do you make of the odds? Can anyone catch Italy or should we book flights for Rome 2018 now? Y’all let us know in the comments below!