Crash, bang, boom! We’ve now watched the first rehearsals of all eighteen acts in the first semi final. And as the world reacts, so do the Eurovision 2017 bookmakers who have tweaked their odds to win the Eurovision 2017 grand final.
Since our last update on April 21, the top four favourites have maintained their position on the winners podium. Italy, Bulgaria, Sweden and Portugal remain the favourites to win the coveted crystal microphone. But Francesco Gabbani, Kristian Kostov, Robin Bengtsson and Salvador Sobral shouldn’t get too comfortable because an eagle is rising to hunt her prey!
The major shake up within the top ten comes from Armenia, as Artsvik edges her way into the top five with “Fly With Me”. Oozing Bollywood-Hindi realness, technical wonder and ethno-experimental edge, this eagle is swooping in for that trophy. It seems she could win her semi-final in the process.
Armenia, who was in seventh position ahead of her rehearsal, has leapfrogged both Australia and Belgium.
Australia remains in sixth position with the bookies.
Isaiah sings “Don’t Come Easy”, and snatching the title may not come too easy for him either, as his odds of winning have drifted slightly since his first rehearsal.
The news is worse for Blanche from Belgium, who has dropped from fifth to seventh favourite.
There was a decidedly tepid response to her first rehearsal, which seemed to lack confidence and spark.
Her stage performance was written off as unoriginal and visually chaotic, and it seems the bookies are responding to that.
Rounding out the top ten after the first rehearsals are Romania, Azerbaijan and France. Of these three we’ve only seen the rehearsal of Azerbaijan so far, so anything could change in the coming days.
Sitting just outside of the top ten are Demy from Greece and Norma John from Finland.
Demy’s first rehearsal was stellar. Her team have given the somewhat generic “This Is Love” new life through a technical feast of stage elements and some stunning backing dancers who portray swans. She rises on an elevating platform, dancers pound the floor in puddles, and an LED screen with a reverse waterfall takes centre stage. Demy also floats like a Greek goddess to the sky.
Norma John oozed class as they sang of love, loss and longing in “Blackbird”.
As at the Finnish national final, they perform with simple LED backdrops and a piano. But it’s on a much grander scale and it’s clearly bringing out the best in them.
Leena’s vocal performance remains exceptional and Finland has now rightly claimed its position as a dark horse in this year’s competition.
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