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.
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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.