We’re still just under a month away from the first semi-final. But that hasn’t stopped Estonia’s bookmakers from taking bets on who should win Eesti Laul 2020.
And there is already an Eesti favourite — Uku Suviste.
Eesti Laul 2020 Odds: Uku Suviste favourite to win
The “What Love Is” crooner is currently trading on Coolbet at odds of 3.5.
Uku is a dab hand at Eesti Laul, previously competing in 2017 and 2019. Last year, he finished second with “Pretty Liar”.
Suviste also has strong Russian ties and was coached by Ukrainian shady lady Ani Lorak on the country’s version of The Voice. Furthermore, local media reports have suggested that Philipp Kirkarov — the man behind Eurovision entries from acts such as Sergey Lazarev and DoReDoS — is involved with his entry.
Perhaps such “dream team” talk is encouraging punters to part with their cash.
Eesti Laul 2020: Other favourites
Uku may have the shortest odds, but there are several more acts at the top end of the bookie rankings.
Closest is Jaagup Tuisk on 4.5. “Beautiful Lie” was an early favourite, but may be hampered by its “sad boy” label and comparisons to Billie Eilish.
Rasmus Rändvee’s odds are on par with Jaagup. The one-time Idol contestant placed third in the hotly-contested 2017 Eesti Laul final. So, it’s not surprising that bookmakers are backing him strongly.
Just behind is Stefan on 6.5. He’s also a third-place finisher, coming behind Victor Crone and Uku in 2019.
The top five is rounded out by two-time Eurovision star Laura. The 2005 and 2017 representative is trading on odds of 10.0.
It’s important to note that we obviously haven’t seen any of these songs performed live yet, and these odds are driven partly by hype.
That said, bookies and oddsmakers do keep their ears-to-the-ground and often have insight from songwriters and officials close to (and even inside) broadcasters. Sometimes their crystal balls are based on facts that the rest of us simply don’t know about. The only problem is it’s hard to know when they’re on it and when they’re not…
Eesti Laul 2020 Bookmakers’ Odds
- Uku Suviste – What Love Is 3.5
- Jaagup Tuisk – Beautiful Lie 4.5
- Rasmus Rändvee – Young 4.5
- Stefan – By My Side 6.5
- Laura – Break Me 10
- Uudo Sepp – I’m Sorry. I Messed Up 25
- Shira – Out In Space 35
- Merilin Mälk – Miljon sammu 35
- Traffic – Üks kord veel 35
- Inger – Only Dream 35
- Inga – Right Time 40
- Synne Valtri feat. Väliharf – Majakad 40
- Revals – Kirjutan romaani 55
- Ziggy Wild – Lean On Me 55
- Egert Milder – Georgia (On My Mind) 75
- Jennifer Cohen – Ping Pong 75
- Anett & Fredi – Write About Me 75
- Little Mess – Without a Reason 100
- Mariliis Jõgeva – Unistustes 100
- Renate – Videomäng 100
- Janet – Hingelind 150
- German & Violina – Heart Winder 200
- Kruuv – Leelo 250
- Viinerid – Kapa Kohi-LA 500
Odds correct as of 23:00 CET 20 January 2020, via Coolbet
How the odds work
A “fractional betting odd” is when you see two numbers separated by a slash, e.g. 9/1. Such odds let you work out how much money you will win on your bet compared to your initial stake. The number on the left is how much you will win and the number on the right is the amount you need to stake in order to win that figure.
Taking the 9/1 example, for every €1.00 you bet, you will win €9.00. This can also be calculated as a “decimal odd” — 1/(9 + 1)*100 = 10.00. There is a 10% chance that this will be the outcome.
If you make a winning bet of €1.00 you would get back €10.00 — €9.00 in winnings plus your original €1.00
Do you agree with the odds? Would you back Uku? Or do you think your money would be better off invested elsewhere? Let us know in the comments.