Slow and steady wins the race. And no other Eurovision 2018 act has risen up the odds quite as slowly and steadily as Ireland.
Before Tuesday’s first semi-final, Ryan O’Shaughnessy and “Together” weren’t even expected to qualify. But now, after breaking into the bookies’ top ten following semi-final two, Ireland now sits at three in the overall odds table.
Ryan’s odds have been slashed by many bookmakers. Marathon Bet has reduced his chances of winning from 70/1 to 8/1.
Is the hype real? It’s worth remembering that most of the bookmakers listed by Oddschecker.com are based in either Ireland or the UK. Therefore, much of their odds could be driven by over eager local punters. However, at the same time, the British representative SuRie languishes at 23rd in the odds.
Another act on the move is Italy. They were virtually crowned victors of Eurovision 2017 before their arrival in Kyiv, only to miss out on the top five. This year the buzz has been much more low-key. But following last night’s jury show, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro have risen from 11th to sixth.
However, in order for some to rise others must fall. Lithuania tumbles from fourth to seventh, while Norway’s slide continues. Alexander Rybak now sits at tenth after previously being as high as second.
Eleni Foureira from Cyprus retains the lead she established during rehearsals. How low her odds can go is anyone’s guess as we head into the Grand Final. After dipping slightly throughout the past two weeks, Israel’s Netta sits at two.
Balkan neighbours Serbia and Slovenia look like potential last place contenders. Lea Sirk and Sanja Ilic & Balkanika are both 750/1 at Boyle Sports.
We can expect odds to shift further as commentators react to tonight’s live grand final.
Full Eurovision 2018 Odds — Accurate: 14:40 CEST