On Wednesday morning Australia endured damaging winds from tropical storm Blanche. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Europeans were dealing with another force of nature with the same name: Belgium’s Eurovision 2017 singer.

Yes, as Europe headed to bed on Tuesday evening, the Euro-sphere rumbled with the release of Blanche’s song “City Lights” on Spotify. As the incredibly fresh, electro number appeared on social networks like VK, bookies slashed Belgium’s odds to win Eurovision 2017 from 100/1 (across all agencies) to as low as 3/1 at Betfred.

Just like the cyclone Down Under, Blanche wreaked havoc on the odds table.

Late on Tuesday she overtook Russia and Serbia to become third favourite to win. And by of 00:40 GMT on Wednesday morning, she had passed Sweden to become second favourite to win it all — behind only Italy’s Francesco Gabbani.

Will her “City Lights” blind the namaste gorilla and snatch a win for Belgium?

Eurovision 2017 odds: Belgium a potential winner? (March 8 at 00:40 GMT)

What about Greece and Australia?

Two other recent song reveals have made less of an impact on the odds table.

On Monday evening Greece decided that Demy will sing “This Is Love” at Eurovision. And within hours she had dropped from fourth favourite to tenth favourite, with William Hill putting her down at 20/1. Apparently it isn’t love as far as they’re concerned.

On Tuesday Australia revealed its singer — X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace who will sing the ballad “Don’t Come Easy”.

He’s moved from fifth favourite to sixth favourite and has seen a slight widening of his odds, with Betfred moving him from 7/1 to 8/1.

What do you make of all this? Will the juries prefer Blanche over Italy? Who will slay the televote? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Kaz
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Kaz

Why why WHY is Switzerland so low in the bookies this year?!!!

Velorin Marinppo
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Velorin Marinppo

Portugal has one of the best entries this year! Great, go Portugal from Croatia.
Greece won Euro 2004
Greece won ESC 2005
Portugal won Euro 2016
Pougal will win ESC 2017?
HOPE SO!!!

Maieta Sanchez
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Maieta Sanchez

Omg!! So lovely and beautiful PORTUGAL’s song! Is one of the best 😀 I belive that Portugal will socre a very hight place. For me Portugal win and has the support of Spain!

Annah Stewart
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Annah Stewart

PORTUGAL HAS THE BEST SONG THIS YEAR!!! WILL WIN Go Portugal 12 points from UK

Anto
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Anto

Why all this hate about Italian entry?. We’ve always been on top 10 never winning, and so I really think we deserve to win ESC this year.

Alex
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Alex

Rooting for Italy, Belarus, Portugal, Cyprus, and Australia. Not the biggest fan of Belgium’s song to be honest, but I might warm up to it. On the other hand, Italy’s song has definitely grown on me. Brilliant lyrics and composition, and probably my favorite of the entries so far.

Kjetil H
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Kjetil H

Belgium is so monotonous.

Don’t see neither Belgium nor Italy winning

Serenity
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Serenity

Greek entry has a happy vibe and an addictive melody that will help it rank higher than expected. Additionally the stage performance will -probably-be among the most memorable of the night, so don’t underestimate it…

KARA
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KARA

I REALY LIKE THE GREEK ENTRY AND IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITES! I THINK THEY WILL BE IN TOP 10 FINAL MAYBE TOP 5 JUST LOOK WHO IS BEHIND THE SONG! THE CHOREOGRAPHER IS VERY WELL KNOWN AND HAS PLACED IN TOP 5 WITH OTHER COUNTRIES BESIDES GREECE! HE ALSO DID HELENA PAPARIZOU IN 2005! I GUESS WE WILL SEE WHAT SUPRISES WE HAVE!

JEMAL
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JEMAL

GREEK ENTRY GETS WORSE EVERY YEAR BUT WITH A STRONG PERFORMANCE WE MIGHT SEE IT IN FINAL TOP 10 OTHERWISE IT WILL TOP 20 AND 50/50 IF IT WILL EVEN QUALIFY! THINGS WILL CHANGE ALOT IT’S ONLY MARCH AND WE MIGHT SEE TOP 5 NOW BE ALOT LOWER!

Andreea
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Andreea

I wouldn’t put my money on Italy that song is not that good .My top 3 is 1.Denmark 2 . Romania 3.Moldova I don’t like Belgium I think is overrated maybe 8th place and Italy 9.

Steve
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Steve

A great song is one that gets better each time you listen to it. That was the case with Dami Im’s Sound of Silence last year. I still listen and sing along a year later cause it’s so good. That’s the same vibe I am getting with Blache’s City Lights. The more I listen the more I like. The opposite is true with Australia’s Don’t Come Easy. I hate it the more I listen to it. I was planning to root for Australia after their narrow loss last year but I can’t in good conscience support such an awful boring… Read more »

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

I think that the betting odds in such a contest, especially this early before the show, are not relevant at all. The most strange placing seems to have Belgium, there song is so simple… it’s just commercial, it really has no power. We’ve seen in the last year songs like ‘Miracle’ in 2014, or ‘Walk on Water’ in 2016 being high in the odds for their commercial aspect, while the real result wasn’t exactly what expected. I also think that Italy is no winning material, Sweden should maybe be low rated even for the fact that is hard to believe… Read more »

Natalia Kazankina
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Natalia Kazankina

Positive: the song can create an atmosphere. And that’s all.

Natalia Kazankina
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Natalia Kazankina

“All alone…” ten times in just 3 minutes… The song starts with the refrain, immediately reveals the best … Another mistake easily detectable.

Natalia Kazankina
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Natalia Kazankina

Belgium has a song very monotone, repetitive with a poor lyrics and will receive very few votes from the jury.

Donna Vey
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Donna Vey

@fikri:

*If* Russia come to the table. I think they will withdraw on the final day for song entries.

PP
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PP

Why Wiwi didn t delete comment with TOP list in comments, rude commment toh other on bloggs , and sometime political comments from some people from Ukraine on other post on this bloggs.

We love leds, visuals, air fans, divas and dated ballads!
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We love leds, visuals, air fans, divas and dated ballads!

My top so far! 1. Italy 2. France 3. Belgium 4. Hungary 5. Portugal 6. Switzerland 7. Latvia 8. Spain 9. Estonia 10. Finland 11. Cyprus 12. Austria 13. Greece 14. Ukraine 15. Poland 16. UK 17. Georgia 18. Denmark 19. Germany 20. Albania 21. Malta 22. Czech Republic 23. Australia 24. Slovenia 25. Belarus 26. Netherlands 27. Moldova 28. Croatia 29. Romania

Ern
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Ern

Interesting tidbit.

One year ago, Poland was the #1 most likely to win Eurovision, and Ukraine was the 9th most likely. Also, Latvia and Cyprus were MORE likely to win the contest than Ukraine.

We really do need to wait and see the live performances before we can predict who will do well, or win.

Charles
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Charles

So the almighty gorilla has suddenly found a competitor to throw it onto the mud … and it’s called music … that kind of music that Eurovision was urgently needing to gain credibility … because …and for the zillionth time … it’s a SONG contest regardless of what kind of kindergarten parade everybody has been trying to turn it into over the years … Belgium all the way!

LightvsDarkness
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LightvsDarkness

I guess the winner of eurovision 2017 hasn’t been chosen yet. One thing for sure is that Italy will do pretty well like 2013/2015 (top 5 guranteed), but again no win.

Maxime
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France is sooooooooo underrated!

Mary Ron
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Mary Ron

Noone can beat Italy this year.

Frifri
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Frifri

These odds are completely random at this point. Few of the countries that are in top10 will lose their top spots later on, most likely.

Cesar
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Portugal needs a place in the final and deserves at least a Top 10 spot! I hope Europe votes for us!

Sektusss
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Sektusss

Belgium is just boring, nothing interesting really, it will be forgotten between other songs. Italy is overhyped – it’s funny, catchy but after some time people will lose interest.

fG
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fG

I hope it’s Italy , France or Belgium this year. The rest so far is crap

God-Emperor
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God-Emperor

Belgium’s entry reminds me of avante garde which i’ve always loved. Nice to hear something outside the box at least once in a while. Btw, if that crap from Greece or Romania goes through the final and the magic of Salvador is eliminated then
Eurovision should be immediately suspended!

Marc
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Marc

Eurovision is smelling West this year yas!
Italy, Belgium and Sweden (unless they awkwardly go with Mariette), all 3 will probably be Top 5, and deserverdly so (like in 2015.)
I still think Italy is stronger but we’ll see 🙂

Marc
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Marc

I don’t see Blanche like Nina last year. This is song is much stronger.
I could see this more like Amir. Hot favourite because of studio version, but not a killer live, but still managed to be Top 10 cause the strenght of the song.
There’s no way Belgium is qualifying 10th and being bottom 5 XD

Hi
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Belgien is so mutch better than Italy. I think Sweden go to the topp, at sunday. I hope Romania not going to the final. Its a awful Song.hi

Demetrio
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Demetrio

We know 28 songs and still for me there is no song which stands out. I don’t know, am I the only one who thinks that ESC 2017 seems to be one of a very low level???

Sarah Boucher
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Sarah Boucher

@As I lay me down 2 get laid
speaking ofTaylor Swift-wannabes, the tolmachevy sisters will represent russia this year.

Racal
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Racal

And @Kostas-Greece too (and probably all the others). And btw, you should also change the website you put under the aliases, it’s also the same. 😉

Racal
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Racal

@Mark, Omar, Sophie and Rafael: You’re obviously the same person posting under several nicknames. That’s fine (you can be as much of a loser as you want), but you could at least have the decency to post a different comment when you change aliases… What are we, idiots?! 😀

Kostas-Greece
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From Greece 12 points go to Romania ! I’m crazy after this happy song Yodel it ! You act is so crazy Romania ! Greece gives you all 12 points and you are the real winner !

Romania 2018

Rafael
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12 points for the great country and song Romania Yodel it ! Yodel it Europe and see you in Romania 2018 !

Sophie
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France calling now : 12 points go from Paris to ….. Romania : Yodel it , greetings from France and Go Romania 🙂

Omar
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12 points from Armenia to Romania ! Go Go Romania ! Yodel It and see you in Romania 2018 🙂

Mark
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The only catchy , funny and cool song is Yodel It from Romania ! Europe don’t be stupid and vote for Romania song , please understood that Italy song is ugly and we don’t want a other ballad in 2017 like last year ok? Sorry Europe but Belgium song it’s not so special and why we don’t give all 12 points to Romania ? I’m from U.K and i love this song Yodel It and i think it will win this year 🙂 Good Luck Romania and Yodel It Europe 🙂 Bucharest 2018 !

Ern
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Ern

One day later, the odds have already changed.

#1-Italy
#2–Sweden
#3–Belgium
#4–Australia

Also, Greece went up a bit to #9, and Estonia is now #10.

Bottom line: disregard all of this! It’s a long time ’till May, and we also have to see the liver performances.

ms
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ms

Modern song but a little repetitive for me.

Antonio
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Antonio

Belgium is similar to “We Will Be Stars” by My Radiant You

DenizNL
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DenizNL

Go neighbours! Go neighbours! Go neighbours!

velorin
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velorin

Guys keep in mind that the live performance will make or break it, if Blanche nails those vocals just like Jamala did and draws you in with them it’s top 5 material.

ALSO, the videoclip will give it a boost in the betting odds aswell.

Alex
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Alex

Wtf is “Republicans” doing on this list?

TasM
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TasM

While early favourites fail to make an impact on the odds, Belgium comes up with a different and modern song. The thing is, this all reminds me of Croatia 2016. The song is overhyped, not that it doesn’t deserve top 10 placement, but it’s kind of repetitive. It also has to have a unique live performance to ensure the song progresses in the final, because i feel that Belgium is in its most difficult semi final in years! Hopefully they will pass but i don’t think it is wise to count it as a probable winner only hours after its… Read more »

Racal
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Racal

@ Femkelorena: Oups, yes indeed. Sorry, I should not comment in the morning before coffee! 🙂