It’s been called the “semi-final of death” and it’s almost guaranteed that a fan favourite or two will be sent packing. But if the bookies at UNIBET have it right, then Israel’s Netta Barzilai will win Semi-Final 1 without any problems, as they have her down as the massive front-runner to cluck her way to the final.
The “Toy” singer, who currently tops the odds for the grand final, sits atop the odds here at 17/20. In recent weeks she’s gone viral and racked up more than 10 million views on her official music video on the Eurovision YouTube channel. And she now has more likes on her official video than any other Eurovision video ever. Momentum is on her side and the bookies’ attitude reflects that.
As with the odds to win the Eurovision 2018 grand final, Estonia, Czech Republic and Belgium follow with odds of 7/2, 5/1 and 9/1 respectively.
Bulgaria — who dominated the betting odds prior to the release of their song — are down as fifth favourite. Greece, Austria, Finland, Azerbaijan and Armenia round out the Top 10.
Semi-Final 1: Odds to Win
Semi-Final 1 Odds to Qualify
Of course, the odds to win the semi-final likely matter less to countries who are considered borderline qualifiers. They are more concerned with the odds to qualify for the final.
Sticking with the UNIBET Eurovision odds, bookies predict that the following countries will advance: Israel, Czech Republic, Estonia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Austria and Cyprus.
That means — in the bookies’ eyes — that Finland, Belarus, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Croatia, Albania, Ireland, Switzerland, and Iceland are out.
That list includes several fan favourites — hello Finland, FYR Macedonia, Albania and Belarus.
Czech Republic 1.05
FYR Macedonia 2.50
Do you think that the bookies have it right in terms of winner and qualifiers? Who is the dark horse here who will provide a spoiler? Can fan favourites like Finland and FYR Macedonia push through? Let us know down below!