A lot can happen in 24 hours. Just ask the contestants competing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. On Thursday the Eurovision 2019 betting odds were changing fast thanks to the revelation of new songs from Duncan Laurence in The Netherlands and Luca Hänni in Switzerland. Let’s take a look at what’s been going down by paying a visit to Oddschecker.
Betting odds accurate as of 00:30 on 8 March 2019
Russia the favourite to win
Russia has been the default favourite to win Eurovision 2019 for months, and it cemented its position following the confirmation in February that Eurovision 2016 televote winner Sergey Lazarev would be returning to the contest. He’s thirsty to get the title that he narrowly missed. On Saturday the singer will finally reveal his music video and song, and we’ll all know whether the bookies’ prediction is built on hype or something far more real. His odds hover between 5/2 and 11/4 at most betting houses.
The Netherlands now second favourite to win
Duncan Laurence’s song “Arcade” has been met with widespread acclaim. The pared-back and thoroughly contemporary ballad has won fans for its visceral quality and highly artistic music video. The vision — and not just of a naked Duncan turning in water — has fans excited for what might unfold on stage in Tel Aviv.
Twenty-four hours ago The Netherlands was fifth favourite with odds of 16/1 at SkyBet. But today the Dutchies find themselves as second favourite, with the bookies having slashed their odds to as low as 6/1. It’s a dramatic narrowing that reflects a very successful song premiere. At the time of writing, his odds were a sea of blue, suggesting they will have dropped even further by the time you’re reading this.
Perennial contenders Sweden find themselves in third position on the eve of the Melodifestivalen final. They haven’t chosen, but the bookies seem to think the likes of John Lundvik, Liamoo & Hanna Ferm and Bishara put them in good stead. Their odds are as low as 6/1 at Ladbrokes.
Italy‘s Mahmood may have lost the televote at home, but that isn’t hurting him with the bookies. He’s currently fourth favourite to win — with odds as low as 9/1. That puts him just ahead of Iceland‘s BDSM techno punk-rock group Hatari (best odds: 10/1) and Cyprus’ current queen Tamta. Her must-listen dance track “Replay” has odds of 12 to 14 at most betting houses, but she’s as low as 7/1 at William Hill.
Bookies slash the odds on Switzerland
Switzerland has made great strides toward the top since their song reveal on Thursday. On Wednesday evening Switzerland was listed as 13th favourite on Oddschecker with odds of 33/1 at William Hill.
But following the premiere of his music video, which sees Luca and his leading lady dancing so low, he’s climbed to seventh position with his odds as low as 14/1. It’s a significant leap and one he can build on with stellar performances at the pre-parties this spring.
What do you make of the Eurovision 2019 betting odds? Are you surprised by the rise of The Netherlands and Switzerland? Do you think they can maintain their momentum? And is this Russia’s to win or lose? Let us know down below…