Eurovision 2017 odds: Portugal narrows on Italy as UK emerges as outside favourite

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The bookies are keeping us on our well-pedicured toes. Since our last update on May 5, and following the First Semi-Final on Tuesday, the odds to win Eurovision 2017 are shifting, suggesting a proper two-horse race between Italy’s Francesco Gabbani and Portugal’s Salvador Sobral.

The “Amar pelos dois” singer has moved into a solid second position with odds as low as 2/1, with the majority of bookies slashing Salvador’s odds to as low as 6/4.

He’s now nipping at the heels of Italy‘s Francesco Gabbani, whose odds have widened slightly since the airing of his snippet during the semi final one broadcast. His odds have now risen to 11/10 — the first time they have been above 1 in a very long time.

This suggests that Portugal performed very well in its semi-final, giving the bookies’ added confidence he could slow Italy’s momentum.

Another big mover after the first semi final is Belgium.

Ahead of today’s semi the Eurovision community worried that Blanche‘s underwhelming rehearsals might upend her chances of advancing.

But she delivered a strong performance during the semi-final and woke up to find herself in the iTunes charts in 19 different countries. She’s now moved from tenth in the betting odds five days ago to fourth today. At this rate she’s going to peak just in time for the grand final.

Further down the list we see big movements from the United Kingdom.

Lucie Jones — a West End star and X Factor veteran — is a story of progression. The original version of her song left us saying meh. But she brought it to life live at the UK selection, gave it a proper revamp to pull it into 2017 and arrived in Kyiv with epic staging that has seen her rocket up the odds table.

She’s moved from twenty-second in the odds to fifth in just five days.

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