He’s the 17-year-old star singing “Beautiful Mess” at Eurovision 2017.
But ahead of tonight’s Second Semi-Final, Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov is sitting pretty at the top of the semi-final betting odds.
The bookies have the X Factor alum well ahead of the competition with his odds as low as 4/7 and shortening just hours ahead of the semi. His stage show — choreographed by Sweden’s Sacha Jean-Baptiste — exudes a high art sensibility and sees him interacting with digital effects on his LED and those overlayed on the TV screen.
Russia’s absence from this semi-final also means the Russian diaspora vote is up for grabs.
Kristian seems like the most likely candidate to scoop them up. Born and raised in Moscow, he rose to fame on The Voice Kids of Russia, where he was mentored by Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan
Big voices define the second and third favourites in this semi, with The Netherlands’ OG3NE and Denmark’s Anja Nissen battling it out. Both of their odds hover around 8, with the Netherlands having marginally better odds when averaged across all agencies.
They’ve consistently wowed us with their harmonies, which collectively make up the best “voice” in the competition. Their simple but effective stage show helps pull a slightly throwback song into 2017 — even with the very dated electric guitar segment.
Romania, the fourth favourite, has perhaps the greatest range of odds in this top lot. They’re as low as 11/2 but as high as 10 — suggesting that the bookies are somewhat torn over where this over-the-top and outré act can gather enough support to push through.
Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 2 Odds to win
Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 2 Odds to qualify
The odds to win the semi-final are one thing. The odds to qualify are a different matter.
The bookies currently believe the following ten acts will advance to the grand final: Bulgaria, Romania, The Netherlands, Estonia, Denmark, Israel, Hungary, Austria, Belarus and Norway.
That means, in their eyes, the following acts are going home: Serbia, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Switzerland, Ireland, Malta, Lithuania and San Marino.
What do you make of the bookies’ odds?
Do they have this on lock — or are some of their predictions slightly off?
Let us know in the comments box below.