In two weeks time on May 9, Semi-Final One of Eurovision 2017 will broadcast around the world. Ten songs will qualify for the Grand Final on May 13, and the bookmakers are already lining up their favourites to win and to qualify.
The early favourite to win Semi-Final 1 is Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson. Robin never topped the odds during Melodifestivalen 2017, but ultimately emerged as a surprise winner. When you factor in that Robin is opening the semi-final, it’s clear that the bookies respect his chances.
The best odds for a Swedish victory in the semi-final are 11/4 at bet365.
Following close behind is Portugal, with Salvador Sobral‘s “Amar pelos dois” looking like a major threat. With odds as low as 10/3 available at bet365, it’s clear this race has two horses.
Salvador’s song seems to have split opinion in two, eliciting strong feelings of love and hate. Bookmakers clearly think those that truly love Salvador may vote heavily for the track — which could put him in first place on Tuesday night.
Third place goes to Armenia’s Artsvik (5/1 at bet365/Sky Bet), with Greece and Belgium rounding out the top 5 for the semi-final.
If the bookies top ten to win the semi-final were to also represent their favourites to qualify, we’d be losing some big names in the process. Of note, Iceland’s Svala and Montenegro’s Slavko Kalezic — both with sizeable support in the fan community — would be exiting the contest.
Joining them would be Georgia, Moldova, Albania, Cyprus and the Czech Republic. In the one set of “to qualify” odds available, however, Cyprus and Moldova would qualify. This would be at the expense of Finland and Poland.
Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final One Odds (To Win)
With rehearsals kicking off on April 30, expect odds to change around rapidly as we see staging and live performances. Keep checking back on wiwibloggs for the latest updates!