When we last checked in on the Eurovision 2016 betting odds on March 23, Russia’s Sergey Lazarev and Sweden’s Frans were the front-runners to win it all, with Russia slowly extending its lead over the Scandinavian hosts. Russia’s odds have been stable this week, while Sweden’s have drifted slightly, with SkyBET moving the “If I Were Sorry” singer from 6/1 to 7/1.
The stability at the very top is rather boring. More intriguing for us this week is the fact that Ukraine’s Jamala has gained a lot of momentum with the bookies.
The “1944” singer — who recently told us about the deeply personal inspiration behind her song — has jumped from eighth favourite to fourth, with her odds narrowing from 25/1 at both totesport and BetFred last week to just 16/1 today. She’s had similar drops at Bet365 and SportingBet who have her down at 14/1.
Although Jamala remains behind Australia’s Dami Im — who is holding tight to third position — she has jumped past Croatia, Malta, Latvia and France. Can her other-wordly, breaking beats song garner enough support to challenge in Stockholm?
Another mover is France’s Amir, who has jumped past Malta’s Ira Losco and Latvia’s Justs for the first time. He’s currently sixth favourite with odds as low as 12/1 at SkyBet. Bet 365 narrowed his odds from 18/1 on March 23 to 14/1 today.
The next closest Big Five nation is Spain. Barei currently has odds hovering around 33/1, making her 13th favourite to win.
Do you think Ukraine and France should continue to narrow? Do you think that either of them can legitimately contend for the title? Is the Russia-Sweden hype overblown or do you think the juries and televoters will get behind them? Let us know in the comments section below.