One is a ballad, the other a dancefloor banger.
But now Katerine Duska’s “Better Love” and Tamta’s “Replay” have something in common.
Greece and Cyprus top Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final 1 odds (accurate 17:19CET)
They’re the favourites to win Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final 1 in a few weeks time in Tel Aviv.
Greece is now as low as 7/4 at some agencies, putting Katerine Duska in pole position to win Semi-Final 1 in May.
Tamta follows close behind. The Georgian-Greek star is as low as 5/2 at some agencies. That suggests bookies have confidence Cyprus can overcome the disadvantage of opening the show.
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The sheets need her body tonight! But on May 15 they’re going to have to wait a little longer because @officialtamta is headed to the #WiwiJam inside Tel Aviv’s @the_theatre_club ?? She’ll have her love on “Replay” and so will we as this Greek-Georgian diva burns the house down ? Tickets available from April 21. Let’s do this! ____________________________________ #tamta #tamtagoduadze #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision #eurovision2019 #daretodream #esc2019 @telaviv #telaviv
Iceland‘s Hatari round out the top three. Some bookmakers have them as low as 7/2, while others are more speculative.
Thereafter things widen out. Portugal‘s Conan Osiris is in fourth, with best odds for Portugal at 7/1 with SportingBet. The perceived divisiveness of his song “Telemoveis” may be a factor here.
Slovenia‘s Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl complete the top five. Slovenia is as low as 9/1 at SportingBet, but as high as 14/1 at others.
Belgium, Hungary, Australia, Estonia and Czech Republic round out the top ten. Their odds range from 14/1-33/1. That suggests bookies don’t have the same confidence in this cluster of candidates’ winning potential.
Semi-Final 1 Odds compared to Overall Eurovision odds
The bookies current top three also make the overall top ten odds to win.
They are in a different order though.
Iceland is sixth, Cyprus seventh and Greece eighth at time of publishing. Discrepancies between odds and eventual results are not uncommon. Some songs shine better in a smaller field, but may fade into the background in a bigger set-list.
Last year for example Norway’s Alexander Rybak won Semi-Final 2, but only placed 15th in the Grand Final.
NB: These are not odds to qualify, only odds for who will win the semi-final.
What do you make of the odds to win? Will Greece come out on top? Or do you think Tamta can take it? Let us know in the comments below!