He’s the youngest competitor at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. But youth clearly doesn’t stand in the way of Kristian Kostov, who has edged past Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson at a number of betting agencies to become second favourite to win Eurovision 2017.
The 17-year-old — yes, he was born in the year 2000 — has passed Sweden at BetStars, who have him down at 9/2, and Bwin, who have him down at 6/1. For comparison’s sake, Robin is at 8/1 and 7/1 at the same agencies. At the time of writing Bulgaria and Sweden are level at a number of other agencies, including Ladbrokes and Betway, but Bulgaria’s odds are still narrowing.
The shifting odds may be a response to Russia’s Yulia Samoylova being barred from Eurovision 2017 by Ukrainian authorities earlier today. Kristian, whose mother is Kazakh, was born in Moscow and was a finalist on The Voice Kids Russia. With Russia seemingly out of the contest, he could capitalise on the Russian diaspora vote.
Kristian’s Bieber-esque song is thoroughly contemporary and polished, and seems to be growing with Eurovision fans as time goes by. His songwriters worked with Poli Genova last year, so we know he’s in good hands.
Italy’s Francesco Gabbani remains the runaway favourite, with all of his odds below 2/1.
Belgium and Portugal have held steady over the past week and remain within striking distance in fourth and fifth position.
But then the odds begin to open up with Australia, Azerbaijan and Armenia rounding out the Top 8. Strangely Russia remains ninth favourite to win.
Eurovision 2017: Odds to win