All the semi-final acts have rehearsed for the first time and the odds have gone haywire.
Azerbaijan is in the ascendant. Chingiz Mustafayev turned things out in a technical tour de force and bookies have rewarded him. Azerbaijan is now as low as 8/1 at Bet365*.
Another nation on the move is the island of Malta. Michela also turned to technology for her performance and the gamble appears to have paid off. As of 18:37 Israeli time, Malta is in the blue across the board and available as low as 14/1 at SkyBet.
Others have not faired as well off the back of their first rehearsals.
Market leaders The Netherlands and Russia are both in the red.
Duncan Laurence may still be the market leader but his odds are lengthening. Marathon Bet lists him as high as 2/1. Granted some acts would dream of that being that low, but adverse reaction to the first rehearsal has wounded market confidence.
Likewise Sergey Lazarev also seems to have suffered. His mirror-focused first rehearsal for Russia did not succeed in catapulting him into first place. Instead he’s also in the red across the board. Unibet has him at 6/1. Russia remains in second place, but like The Netherlands did not receive a bookmaker bump off the back of rehearsals.
Further down the pecking order North Macedonia is also picking up momentum. Several bookmakers have them in the blue and William Hill has dropped Tamara Todoveska‘s odds to 50/1. That suggests she has reason to be proud post first-rehearsal.
What do you make of the odds? Do you think The Netherlands can reverse the trend? Is Azerbaijan our new frontrunner? Or will North Macedonia prevail? Let us know in the comments below!
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*Odds accurate 18:37 local time in Tel Aviv