It looks like a case of “the I’s have it.” Over the past few weeks Italy’s Nina Zilli and Iceland’s Gréta Salóme & Jónsi have really won over the bookies. After releasing glossy preview videos, they’ve watched their odds of winning ESC 2012 narrow significantly.
Sure, Sweden’s Loreen Talhaoui (“Euphoria”) remains the front-runner with her odds of winning as low as 2/1. And yes, Russia’s Buranovskiye Babushki (“Party for Everybody”) are still the bookies’ second favorite with odds as low as 5/1. But Nina (“L’amore è femmina”)—who sat in 14th position on the oddstable as recently as March 11—now finds herself in third position. Her odds have narrowed from a high of 40/1 then to as low as 10/1 today. That moves her past Denmark’s Soluna Samay (“Should’ve Known Better”) for the first time.
Further north, Iceland’s Gréta Salóme & Jónsi (“Remember me”) have also been climbing like smoke from Eyjafjallajokull. On March 11 they sat in 11th position with odds of 25/1 across the board. But our friends from the north now find themselves in eighth position with their odds as low as 14/1.
What do you think? Is there a risk that Loreen will suffer from all the exposure? As you’ll recall, neither Azerbaijan’s Safura (2010) nor France’s Amaury Vassilli (2011) were able to live up to bookies’ expectations. Can Iceland and Italy keep rising?