One’s an Australian Idol runner-up named as a game-changer by Vogue Australia magazine. The other’s a Let’s Dance winner who loves sharing pictures of delicious pasta on his Instagram story. But now Australia’s Jessica Mauboy and Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso have something in common: They’re the favourites to win Semi-Final 2 of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon on May 10, according to bookmakers UNIBET.
They top the odds at 7/4. Australia has an excellent track record at Eurovision, placing second in 2016 and Sweden’s reliably impressive stage show should light up the arena in every sense of the phrase. Returning Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak rounds out the top three on 7/2. The Netherlands and Denmark round out the top 5 favourites to win Semi-Final 2 on 5/1 and 14/1 respectively.
The top ten is completed by Russia, Lativa, Ukraine, Georgia and Hungary. You can see full results below:
SEMI-FINAL 2 ODDS TO WINS
SEMI-FINAL 2 ODDS TO QUALIFY
For many countries however, the main priority is making it into the Grand Final, and worrying about winning once you got there. So for them the odds to qualify matter more.
If the current odds are replicated in May these ten countries will qualify from Semi-Final 2: Sweden, Australia, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Denmark, Latvia and Serbia.
That means Moldova, Hungary, Romania, Georgia, Malta, Slovenia, Montenegro and San Marino are out.
The non-qualifiers currently include perennial qualifiers Hungary and Romania. It would also mean a second year in the semis for Malta.
Full Odds to Qualify are below, with countries set to qualify marked in bold:
San Marino 8
The announcement of running order this morning is likely to shake things up on betting markets so keep your eyes peeled for more odds updates soon.
*Odds accurate at 14:11CET