Rehearsals are well underway in Lisbon and they’ve already had a big impact on the Eurovision 2018 odds. The main change is a new challenger to market leader Israel.
Norway‘s Alexander Rybak has soared into second place, with bookmakers slashing his odds to win left, right and centre. A few days ago Bet365 had his odds as high as 14/1, but Norway can now be found as low as 11/2 at William Hill.
Rybak’s charismatic performance at his first rehearsal appears to have convinced his doubters. Norway are also in the blue across all major bootmakers, meaning their odds are shortening.
Cyprus has also benefitted from a warmly received first rehearsal. Eleni Foureira set the stage on fire and has lit up Cyprus’ Eurovision 2018 odds too. She’s now ninth favourite to win the entire competition, with odds as low as 16/1 at William Hill.
Acts moving in the opposite direction include leader Israel, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. All three are in the red across major bookmakers, meaning their odds to win are drifting.
The biggest casualty of Wednesday’s rehearsals appears to be Australia. Jessica Mauboy was riding high in the odds in our last update, but has now slipped to seventh. Skybet has widened her odds from 7/1 to 12/1. Better camerawork may reverse the downward trend.
A new arrival in the top ten is Italy. Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro’s odds have shortened significantly. BetFred has cut their odds in half, from 50/1 to 25/1 in just three days. Although the duo have yet to rehearse, they now have dynamism on their side.
Outside of the top ten, The Netherlands is a major negative mover. Waylon is now beyond the Top 20, with odds as long as 100/1 at Betstars. Commentary suggests a more stripped back stage show may improve his chances.
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