Riga, London, Tel Aviv — the Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef has visited all of them as part of his Eurovision promo tour. And it seems that the extra exposure — and the chance to show off his live vocals — has paid off with the bookies, as the “Lie to Me” singer has finally passed Estonia’s Elina to become second favourite in the Eurovision 2018 betting odds.
Mikolas, who recently signed with Sony Music worldwide, is riding on a high following stellar performances around Europe. A number of betting agencies now have him listed in blue — aka, he’s narrowing. Marathon Bet have moved him from 19/2 on March 18 to 6/1 today. All in all it’s enough to have pushed him past Estonia’s Elina — one of the few Eurovision 2018 artists who won’t be performing at any of the major preview events. That means Mikolas is now the second favourite to win it all.
We asked him about the growing hype with the bookies during his visit to London last week. “It’s cool,” he said. “I get this question a lot. The more I think about it, the more happy I actually am about this. I wrote the song, I produced the track and it tells me that people like my baby. It’s motivation for me.”
Elina, meanwhile, has seen her odds widen off the back of the news that Estonia doesn’t yet have the 60,000 euros needed for her stage show. That means she may not be able to perform in her stunning projection dress, which has captivated fans since she performed in one at Estonia Laul.
Her dress and projector were sufficient for the Eesti Laul stage. But she’ll need more projectors if she wants to fill the massive stage in Altice Arena in Lisbon this May.
SkyBet had her down at 7/1 back on March 18, but today have her sitting at 9/1.
Belgium’s Sennek has taken a bit of a tumble with the bookies following her performance at Israel Calling in Tel Aviv.
On March 18 the “A Matter of Time” singer was fourth favourite with her odds as low as 12/1. But following her performance in Israel she’s now ninth favourite with odds as high as 25/1.
We should point out that the Israel Calling event is a very busy one, with acts taking in several days of sightseeing ahead of their performance. The schedule was so busy that some of our interviews with them didn’t take place until 4am in the morning. Given that it’s understandable that some acts may not have performed at their very best. It’s not an excuse, but it’s something to consider. A shaky performance in Israel without fully realised staging doesn’t necessarily give the best indication of how an act will do in Lisbon.
In any case, that performance may explain Belgium’s fall with the bookies.
Bulgaria has moved from fifth favourite to fourth favourite. That may not seem particularly significant, but if you look at their actual odds, you’ll see the bookies have grown much more confident.
On March 18 their odds were between 12/1 and 17/1. But following a solid performance in London their odds have been slashed to between 13/2 and 8/1.
Meditative or monotonous? Existential or tedious? A work of art or just a bit too much? Voice and visuals will clarify these blurred boundaries in Lisbon.
You can see the current betting odds below. If you need advice on how to make sense of it, visit www.bestbettingsites.uk.
Eurovision 2018: Odds to Win the grand final (12 April @ 00:01)