Gibraltar-based betting agency bwin has released the first set of odds for the first semi-final of Eurovision 2014. As you’d expect from the grand final betting odds, Armenia’s Aram Mp3 is the runaway favourite for this semi, with his odds at 9/10.
Things are slightly more interesting further down the table. In the overall betting odds for the final, Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen is seen as Aram’s biggest competitor. Yet in bwin‘s odds for the first semi-final she is only listed fifth, perhaps owing to the large number of former Soviet Republics in this heat.
Hungary’s Kallay-Saunders, who has the honor of performing last in this semi, is in a deadlock with Dilara from Azerbaijan as second favourite. They both have odds at 5/1.
Ukraine’s Maria Yaremchuk, who is doing rather well in our search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model, is fourth with odds at 6/1.
Sanna is currently in fifth at 7/1. After that the odds begin to open up, with Belgium at 10/1, Estonia at 20/1 and Albania at 33/1.
Interestingly, Russia does not currently have any odds listed by bwin. It’s possible they are waiting for the Tolmachevy Sisters to release a glossy video. It’s also possible that they know something we don’t. Perhaps Russia is about to withdraw from Eurovision after international condemnation of its annexation of Crimea? How do you explain this?
First Semi-Final Odds
Please note these odds were accurate as of 15:30 GMT on 24 March
San Marino 66
Russia NO ODDS LISTED