Sergey Lazarev’s fall on stage might just send Russia falling from top spot in the betting order. During his first rehearsal of Eurovision 2016 earlier today, the Russian pop star stumbled and fell off his complicated staging during a run-through. The betting market has, unsurprisingly, immediately reacted to this, with Russia’s odds drifting quickly, with several bookmakers cutting Lazarev to the 9/4 favourite in the Eurovision 2016 odds.
Watch: Snippet of Sergey Lazarev’s first rehearsal
As you can see from the above clip, the staging includes several platforms that are concealed, with Sergey leaping and posing from them, much like the official music video. It was during one of these jumps that Sergey missed his mark, forcing that particular run to be stopped.
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Of course, it’s important to remember that this little stumble occured during Sergey’s first run-through of the song on a new stage. He also completed full runs of the song after this, which shows that he can pull the staging off. However, the betting market will wonder whether the added pressure of a live audience – and all those watching at home – could mean Sergey could stumble once again at either the semi final or the final itself.
Sergey Lazarev first rehearsal reaction
The response means that Sergey is now practically tied with France’s Amir with several of the bookmakers. Amir’s first rehearsal will not come until after Sergey’s second rehearsal, with both taking place on Friday. Could we see France take the lead after this point?
Do you think that Sergey has what it takes to remain at the top of the bookmakers, or do you think Russia will finally lose their spot as favourites? Let us know in the comments section below and check back tomorrow to see the odds for semi final one, with the final nine countries rehearsals to come.
Photo: Courtesy of eurovision.tv