As of Sunday the 11th of February we have heard 9 of the 43 competing entries for Eurovision 2018, as well as an abundance of national finalists which have Eurovision fans the world over quaking in their boots. With the fandom comes hype, and with hype comes the bookies. Bookmakers all over Europe are piecing together their early favourites to win Eurovision 2018 as fans throw their cash behind some big names in the hopes of some financial gain come May. A dollar makes us holla (and euros and pounds, too).
Bulgaria has emerged as the overall early favourite with the bookies, with some agencies offering odds as low as 15/2 despite the fact the country has not revealed their participating artist/s and their song yet. Bulgarian broadcaster BNT confirmed that their entry is “risky”, so once the big reveal happens, it will be interesting to see how the public reacts. (A number of us evaluated the shortlist and can attest to the risks they are taking). We can’t wait to see how this turns out!
Moving from the Balkans to the Baltics, and niggling at the toes of Bulgaria, is Estonia, with odds as low as 7/1. Estonia haven’t had the greatest track record in the past couple of years, but the popularity of Eesti Laul 2018 finalist Elina Nechayeva and her song “La Forza” is pushing them higher. This dramatic opera entry, complete with an Aliona Moon-esque projective skirt, is giving the fandom life. O Mie, oh my! Tallinn 2019, anyone?
Sitting comfortably in third place is Sweden. Only two heats into Melodifestivalen 2018, we can only assume the reason for their strong odds – their lowest being 7/1 – is due to how successful Sweden are at Eurovision generally. Since their non-qualification in 2010, they’ve only placed outside of the top five once in 2013 and have won the competition twice. It’s no secret that Sweden are a force to be reckoned with.
Rounding out the top five are Sara Aalto from Finland and Jessica Mauboy from Australia. Finland, with odds as low as 8/1, have seen their odds shortened drastically since the release of their first song for UMK 2018, “Monsters”, which has received high praise from the Eurovision community. Sitting comfortably in fifth place, Australia are currently seeing odds as low as 10/1 thanks to a great track record since their debut in 2015. Jessica Mauboy is a seasoned performer who has already performed on a Eurovision stage. Will this be advantageous for Australia at Eurovision 2018?
And completing the top ten are Sennek from Belgium, Mikolas Josef from the Czech Republic, Alfred and Amaia from Spain, Armenia and Aisel from Azerbaijan.
EUROVISION 2018 ODDS (FEBRUARY 11)
What do you make of these early odds? Are you in agreement with the bookmakers? Sound off in the comments below!