They’re two Scandinavian stars with huge followings back home and increasingly across Europe. And if the bookmakers have it right then Norway’s Alexander Rybak and Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso are also the front-runners to win Semi-Final 2 of Eurovision 2018.
Norway, who is currently second favourite to win the grand final behind Cyprus, is the front-runner in this semi-final with odds as low as 5/4.
Over the past two weeks, as other countries have faltered during their rehearsals, Norway has seen its fortunes rise. Its on-screen graphics, which will be familiar to fans of Melodi Grand Prix 2018, looks sharper and more expensive, and Alex’s charisma is squarely in tact.
On top of his strong vocals and charming staging, Alex has another advantage: He’s well known among the Russian diaspora, having placed second on the Russian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar.
Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso is currently down as second favourite with odds as low as 9/4.
The “Dance You Off” singer, who will perform at the Wiwi Jam this evening, has transplanted his slick staging from Melodifestivalen to Lisbon. It remains polished and somehow vintage, transplanting viewers into an expensive music video.
Moldova — one of the biggest growers of the year — is currently third favourite to win the semi-final, with odds as low as 6/1.
Their infectious sound and inventive staging, which sees them running in and out of a series of doors, mixes pop, folk and slapstick to great effect.
Ukraine, Australia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary and Russia round out the top 10 in terms of who will win this semi-final.
SEMI-FINAL 2 ODDS TO WIN (ACCURATE 10:00CET)
SEMI-FINAL 2 ODDS TO QUALIFY (ACCURATE 10:00CET)
For many countries, however, the main priority is making it to the Grand Final. That makes the odds to qualify perhaps more significant than the odds to win this semi.
The bookies believe these 10 acts will qualify for the final: Norway, Sweden, Moldova, Ukraine, Australia, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary and Latvia.
That means Russia, Romania, Malta, Serbia, Georgia, Montenegro, Slovenia and San Marino are out.
The non-qualifiers currently include Russia and Romania. Neither of these countries has ever been eliminated from Eurovision during the semi-finals.