The final of Eurovision 2016 is now just a little over 24 hours away, but that just means things are getting even more exciting. With all 26 finalists now confirmed and the running order in place, there’s been another twist in the betting odds. Australia have now climbed from fourth place in the odds, with best odds as high as 16/1 as recently as Monday, to now being second favourite at 11/2.
EUROVISION 2016 ODDS: OVERALL WINNER
As of 11:00 CET, 13th May 2016
Dami Im’s performance in the second semi-final went down a storm not only in social media, but also the charts. She has now overtaken Russia’s Sergey Lazarev as the best selling ESC artist on iTunes, which is no doubt a strong sign of a good performance. The fact that Dami was also placed 13th in the running order – the best possible slot after drawing the first half of the final – is also likely a sign that she performed very well in the semi-final results. The bookmakers still have Russia as the overwhelming favourite at 4/6, but this late surge from Australia means Saturday’s final could be wide open.
Australia’s momentum has, however, pushed Ukraine further down. Jamala may still be a favourite to win for many in the Eurovision community, but after she performed “1944” in the semi-final, her odds drifted dramatically. 9/1 is the best odds now on a Ukraine victory. With a fairly good slot in the running order though, you cannot rule them out. Similarly, both France and Sweden drifted further after the semi-finals to 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.
The only other act whose odds have shortened across the board is Latvia. Justs, of course, was one of the many acts who was second favourite at one point. He’s nowhere near that mark now and whilst some bookmakers still have him as far as 100-1, the majority have cut his odds slightly following semi-final two. Could he still be on course to match Aminata’s sixth place last year?
What do you think of the Eurovision 2016 odds just ahead of the grand final? Can Australia win the contest after all, or is a Russian victory sewn up. Or could we see, as in 2000, a rank outsider surprise everyone and win the title on Saturday night? Let us know in the comments section below and also on our Twitter!