One has been the frontrunner to win the grand final of Eurovision 2018 from the very beginning. The other has dazzled ever since landing in Lisbon, watching her odds narrow day by day. And now, hours before the Semi-Final 1 jury show, the bookies believe that Israel’s Netta and Estonia’s Elina Nechayeva will sail through to the final.
Israel, which has been the favourite to win this semi-final from the very first odds reveal, remains on top with odds as low as 11/8.
Despite a somewhat disappointing first rehearsal, Netta has stayed strong, returning to her second rehearsal with stronger camera cuts, more attitude and a renewed sense of optimism.
At the moment the bookies have her down as the clear winner. Following behind are Estonia with odds as low as 4/1. That puts her level with Cyprus and the Czech Republic, who are also as low as 4/1.
Bulgaria, Greece, Austria, Finland, Belgium and Belarus round out the top 10 in terms of who will win this semi-final.
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For many countries, however, the main priority is making it to the Grand Final. That makes the odds to qualify perhaps more significant than the odds to win this semi.
The bookies believe these 10 acts will qualify for the final: Israel, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Austria, Lithuania, Armenia and Belgium.
That means Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Finland, Belarus, Croatia, Ireland, Albania, FYR Macedonia and Iceland are out.
The non-qualifiers currently include fan favorite Finland. The bookies also think that Azerbaijan is out for the first time ever.