A handful of betting agencies — BoyleSports, PaddyPower, Betfair and 32Red, have released their first set of odds for who will win Semi-Final 2 of Eurovision 2016.
At the moment it’s neck-and-neck between Ukraine’s Jamala and Australia’s Dami Im, with both of their odds hovering around 2/1. At the moment half the agencies give the lead to the “1944” singer, while the other half side with the “Sound of Silence” siren. It is most definitely close at the top!
The bookies seem rather confident that one of these two acts will win the semi. After them the odds widen significantly. BoyleSports, for instance, has Latvia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Poland in the next tier, and in that order, with odds between 6/1 and 9/1.
Both BoyleSports and PaddyPower believe that Switzerland’s Rykka and Belarus’ IVAN are the least likely to win this semi-final.
Semi-final 2 betting odds: Who will win?
Semi-final 2: Odds to qualify
Those are, of course, the odds to win Semi-Final 2. The bookies run a separate table for who will actually qualify.
At the moment PaddyPower believe the following 10 acts are the most likely to make it through: Serbia, Australia, Ukraine, Latvia, Bulgaria, Poland, Lithuania, Belgium, Norway and Albania.
They think Denmark, Romania, Israel, Macedonia, Ireland, Switzerland, Belarus, Georgia and Slovenia are likely to miss out on the final.
The bookies’ odds shouldn’t be taken as doctrine. According to PaddyPower, Norway is only a borderline qualifier on par with Albania. That strikes us as a little strange. They also suggest that Romania — a country that has never failed to make the final — will struggle to get through.
Do you agree with the bookies Top 10 acts to qualify? Who do you think is the most underrated and overrated? Let us know in the comments box below!