Wiwi and I are still emotional about Valentina’s early exit from the contest, but that didn’t stop us from breaking out our wallets and making a stop at the local bookmakers. That’s right, y’all, the only way to get over heartbreak is to make mad cash betting!
So the odds continue to change as we inch closer to the Grand Final on Saturday night. It’s no surprise that Denmark is still on top, but her odds continue to narrow, with most agencies only paying out 4:6 if she wins. That ain’t a good return, y’all!
Norway’s hips-don’t-lie Margaret Berger has surged into a clear second, however, and her odds are also narrowing. Payouts are between 5:1 and 6:1.
People clearly aren’t buying into fairytales as much these days, because Zlata’s odds are spreading faster than Emmelie de Forest’s hair in her wind machine. The odds for Ukraine are now around 9:1 and 10:1.
Azerbaijan on the other hand has narrowed in super fast and is now virtually tied with Ukraine at 10:1. That staging has worked wonders for him clearly!
Fifth place is currently occupied by Russia, but Dina’s cheesy song and staging are hurting her, as her odds are now widening as high as 16:1.
The remaining Top 10 are Italy, Netherlands, Georgia, Germany and Greece. Of these, only Greece has made a noticeable move in the past few days.
So what do we make of all of this? Well, remember that Azerbaijan was actually in 4th place two years ago the day before the Final…and then they of course won! And also in that year there were a lot of western countries that cannibalised each other’s votes. Coincidence, people? Perhaps not!
Photo credit: Thomas Hanses (EBU)