The heat is on and the fire is burning: Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira is now officially the bookies’ favourite to win Eurovision 2018.
Three days ago the “Fuego” singer sat in sixth position, with her odds as high as 16/1 at Ladbrokes. Following a knock-out jury performance on Monday evening, her odds have narrowed all the way to 5/2. Where there’s smoke, there’s most definitely Eleni.
Cyprus becomes the first country to push Israel’s Netta from the top spot. The “Toy” singer now finds herself as second favourite. She had been the bookies’ top pick since her song was released in mid-March.
The song, which set a number of records including one for “most liked” ever on the official Eurovision YouTube channel, remains a contender. But ever since the first rehearsal the hype has slowly fizzled. The transition from music video to stage show has not been as seamless as many had hoped.
Marathon Bet has widened Israel’s chances of winning from 7/4 on May 5 to 4/1 today.
As a result of Cyprus’ climb up the leaderboard, Norway, Estonia, France and the Czech Republic have each fallen a spot in the favourites list.
Bulgaria and Sweden follow right behind. Italy benefits from Australia’s drop after the rehearsals, as it climbs into ninth position.
Rounding out the top ten is Moldova. The trio impressed during their rehearsals, leading to a huge surge in their odds. Their odds have moved from as high as 66/1 to as low as 29/1 today.
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Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)