Not all countries have selected their 2012 Eurovision contestant, but that hasn’t stopped betting agencies from handicapping this year’s race. Fifteen leading agencies in Britain currently have Sweden’s Loreen listed as the odds-on favorite with her song “Euphoria.” A number of agencies had already listed her at or near the top in recent weeks. On March 3, after the Swedish semi-finals were complete, the bookmakers at Betfred listed her as the 5/1 favorite to win Eurovision. They slashed their odds to 5/2 after her victory at Melodifestivalen last night. 188Bet has her odds even lower at 2/1.

Running a close second—or perhaps walking slowly with the assistance of their canes—are Russia’s singing grandmothers Buranovskiye Babhushki with “Party for Everybody.” Most agencies have them down at 6/1. Denmark’s Soluna Samay—who recently spoke to Wiwi about her song “Should’ve Known Better”—sits in third position with her odds hovering around 10/1 with a number of agencies. Serbia’s Zelko Joksimovic and Ireland’s Jedward round out the top five candidates. Malta, Montenegro and F.Y.R. Macedonia currently seem like the least likely to win.

Here are the current standings with odds from five agencies via oddschecker.com. You’ll want to review them with a pinch of salt. As we know from previous Eurovision Song Contests, the bookies have a tendency to back acts early, only to watch them fizzle as the competition approaches. This time last year, the bookies had Europe convinced that Norway’s Stella Mwangi and France’s Amaury Vassili would battle it out for the top spot. She didn’t even make the final, and he ended up placing 15th. Lesson learned.

 

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Jack
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Jack

Rona has very good voice, I think she will win. GO ALBANIA

HELENA
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HELENA

KALIOPI IS THE BEST SINGER!!!I LOVE SONG GOO MACEDONIA GL FROM GREECE

izabel
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izabel

M A C E D O N I A IS WWWIIINNEEERRRR!!!!!
REMEMBER THAT

bbb
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bbb

Albanian song its so good. Rona Nishliu had the best voice ever

Jonny Andersson
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Jonny Andersson

It’s time for Germany to win. It’s a nice hit I would like to listen to on the radio. If not Germany I hope it’s time for Romania, a real summer hit.

Mary
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Mary

My vote to Latvia That is really Simple and Beautifiul song! the second goes to “Babushki” – They are also nice with “Party for Everybody” – You’ll see – everybody will sing this song!!!

Georgia
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Georgia

Greece ans Sweden are the best !!!!

Malia
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Malia

Spain go with the best singer.

ruddy
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malta malta

MINA
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MINA

SERBIA IS THE BEST!!

Pitino Kegas
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Pitino Kegas

Spain has the best song, best singer and best video this year.
ESC 2013. Seville, Spain.

Chito
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Chito

¡¡¡¡¡ España es cojonuda, como España no hay ninguna.. !!!!.

Benopal
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Benopal

This year, Spain is the best. By far.

Pete Tofky
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Pete Tofky

Spain has the bes song, singer and video this year.
Eurovision 2013: Seville, Spain.

Sulejman
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SWEDEN IS THE BEST <3

roger
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MALTA THE BEST SONG

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[…] have caused a lot of turnmoil because they appear high on the odds, sometimes even placing third behind Sweden (the red hot favourite) and Denmark (I honestly don’t […]

HN girl
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HN girl

SERBIA will win this year!!!

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[…] of those delegates had their fingers crossed they wouldn’t have to perform after front-runner Loreen from Sweden. Thirty-six countries drew for their starting position in the semi-finals, while the Big 5 + the […]

roger
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malta”s song is nice i dont know why its rating at the end of the list actualy i know a small island with no niouburs .

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[…] Jedward, who are representing Ireland for the second year in a row, received rave reviews at Ireland’s national final: they won both the jury and the public vote. That legitimacy has helped the boys climb the bookies’ odds table. Betfair currently has them listed as the fifth most likely to win the first semi-final. And Britain’s 15 major betting agencies also have them ranked fifth in the race to win the Eurovision grand finale. […]

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[…] no surprise that they have Sweden’s Loreen (pictured above) listed as the favorite at 13/25. She’s currently leading the overall odds to […]

DIDAC
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DIDAC

LISEN THE SPANISH ENTRY. BEAUTIFUL SONG AND SHE HAVE A GREAT VOICE. SHE WILL BE AT THE TOP. HER NAME IS PASTORA. ALSO I LIKE SWEDWN SONG.

david
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david

Swedens song … is so cheap… i cant see any art in this song… sorry.. but i dont like it…

The Russian Grandmas…. hmm…. i dont know… do you really thing the should win the contest?? 😀

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[…] will compete at Eurovision this year, and the bookies currently have the group listed as the second most likely to win the entire contest (behind Loreen Talhaoui, a Swedish singer of Moroccan-Berber descent). […]

Stacey Q
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Stacey Q

I love gypsy folk, and will be voting for Soluna Samay!

Nirgal
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Denmark? You’ve gotta be kidding me.

Seriously, I totally get the Carolike appeal of Loreen, and the weird awesomeness of the Babushki, but Soluna… no, the problem isn’t Soluna. The problem is her song. The moment it stops, I can’t remember how it went.