The first Semi-Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is just hours away. Last night the eighteen participating countries performed during the jury final. And tonight they’ll lace up their corsets and slip into their sparkliest pants for the live broadcast and public vote. To help us gage the potential winner and 10 qualifiers, we’re taking one last look at the Semi-Final 1 odds.
Russia’s Sergey Lazarev, who was the Wiwi Jury’s only one ahead of rehearsals, still leads the betting odds to win Eurovision 2016. It should come as no surprise that bookmakers think he is most likely to also win Semi-Final 1 as well, with odds as low as 1/5 at some agencies.
We filmed his dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon and it was his best performance yet.
Bookmakers think that Armenia’s Iveta Mukuchyan is most likely to stop Sergey from running away with Semi-Final 1. The lyrics to “LoveWave” may have caused some confusion — ba-ba-da-bu-whoa-oh-oh — but Iveta’s live performances has the bookmakers and Team Wiwi convinced that she could challenge for gold, with odds as low as 4/1 at some agencies.
After recently visiting Iveta Mukuchyan in Armenia ahead of Eurovision, Malta’s Ira Losco joins the “LoveWave” singer in the top three of the odds table. With odds as low as 7/1, bookmakers think Malta stands an outside chance to walk on water and win this Semi-Final.
At the other end of the spectrum, San Marino’s Serhat, Montenegro’s Highway and Finland’s Sandhja are considered by bookmakers to be the least likely to win Semi-Final 1.
Semi-Final 1 Betting Odds: Who Will Win?
Semi-Final 1: Odds to Qualify
At the moment, the countries most likely to advance to the Grand Final are Russia, Armenia, Malta, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Netherlands, Iceland, Hungary, Croatia and Azerbaijan.
That means that Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Austria, Greece, Finland, Moldova, San Marino and Montenegro will be heading home early according to bookmakers. This would mean an end to the perfect qualification records of both Bosnia & Herzegovina and Greece.
Do you agree with the bookies? Will Russia run away with Semi-Final 1 and which countries do you think will qualify?
All odds correct as of 7am CET.