Politicians in The Hague recently discussed their bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. And, when we asked Dutch Eurovision act Duncan Laurence about that over the weekend, he said it’s waaaay too early to be having those kinds of discussions. But if the Eurovision odds are anything to go by, The Hague may not be so crazy after all.
Looking at the Semi-Final 2 odds table from Oddschecker, it seems like Duncan has a clear path to the final. He’s currently the bookies’ favourite to walk the semi — the best price you can get is at 6/4. That puts him well ahead of second-favourite Russia, whose highest price sits at 3/1.
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Duncan will have helped his chances following the first two pre-parties of the year.
At Eurovision in Concert last week he smashed it. And he did it again at the London Eurovision Party on Sunday, turning the Café de Paris into a cabaret all his own.
The audience knew the lyrics to his song and he seemed truly touched, even saying “wow” when he realised they were singing along.
That he’s able to stir emotions in venues both big and small, and in his home country and abroad, suggests he’s on to something that transcends its location and is somehow universal.
Russia’s Sergey Lazarev recently told us that he won’t attend any of this year’s pre-parties — not even his home event in Moscow.
But that hasn’t hurt him with the bookies, who have him down as second favourite to take his semi-final.
Despite mixed reaction from fans, confidence remains high that he’ll bring impressive staging and put on a proper performance that will leave Europe speechless.
Switzerland’s Luca Hänni, who performed his upbeat number “She Got Me” last week in Amsterdam, sits comfortably as third favourite. He slipped slightly in the overall odds following his Eurovision in Concert performance, but no matter. He’s still considered a threat in this semi-final — but also overall in the field of 41 acts.
What do you think of Semi-Final 2? Is it this year’s semi-final of death? Is it Duncan’s for the taking? Let us know down below.