The first dress rehearsal for the second semi-final doesn’t start for another hour, but the betmakers are already adjusting their odds.
Bosnia’s Dino Merlin has become the clear favorite, with his odds narrowing to 3/1. Denmark’s A Friend in London has also surged, and is now in second place at 4/1. Bookmakers have downgraded Estonia’s Getter Jaani to 9/2, putting her in third place. Wiwi and Vebooboo don’t understand why people are losing faith in this bombshell from the Baltic. But critics say her song has lost its impact since the Estonian national final.
Perhaps the biggest story of all, though, is Ireland’s push toward the top. Now in fourth place with odds generally around 5/1 but as high as 8/1, the Irish twins have been working the PR circuit like no other: people at Eurovision parties in Dusseldorf are now wearing Jedward faux-hair hats that rise about 10-inches from their heads. But will it pay off for those of us placing bets? We’ll have to wait until tomorrow night to find out.