The Bergendemption continues anew! Twelve months after staging a spectacular comeback with “Ashes To Ashes”, Anna Bergendahl has stormed direct to the Melodifestivalen 2020 final with “Kingdom Come”.
And the bookies are paying attention — she’s now the favourite to win Sweden’s Eurovision selection.
Melodifestivalen 2020 Odds: Anna Bergendahl favourite to win
Just one week ago, Anna was languishing mid-table with odds of 16.0. But in the hours since deltävling two in Göteborg, bookmakers have slashed her odds. Unibet is now offering bets of 4.0 for the Eurovision 2010 singer to win the selection outright.
Should the bookies be proven right, it would be an almost fairytale like victory given that Anna infamously became the first — and to date only — Swedish act to miss out on the Eurovision final exactly one decade ago.
But the oddsmakers are notoriously fickle and everything could change in a matter of days or even hours.
Melodifestivalen 2020: Other favourites
Just behind Anna is Hanna Ferm, the previous Melfest favourite. She’s drifted ever so slightly, from 4.0 down to 5.0.
We won’t hear Hanna’s song for another two weeks, but there are several other reasons why punters may be backing her. She finished third in the 2019 competition while her songwriting team is made up of heavy-hitters such as Jimmy Jansson and Laurell Barker. Furthermore, she’s performing last in semi-final four – a slot that’s often considered to be reserved for potential winners.
Next is Dotter. The “Bulletproof” popstar has shot up to third spot. Like Bergendahl, she’s also riding on a redemption narrative, given that she failed to make it out of her semi-final in 2018.
This day last week she was trading at 21.0. Now she can be backed at 8.0.
The all-female top four is completed by The Mamas. Even though they’ve slipped from second in the overall rankings, their odds have actually narrowed slightly — from 8.5 to 8.0.
Rounding out the top six is a trio of male acts. Mendez & Alvaro Estrella, Mohombi and Robin Bengtsson are all at 12.0.
Previous bookies’ darlings FELIX SANDMAN and Paul Rey are next at 15.0. They’ve both slipped out of favour after missing out on direct qualification in their respective semis. Victor Crone is also at 15.0. He continues to drift — last week he was 10.0 and before that he was 7.5.
It’s important to note that we obviously haven’t heard most of the songs 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) SVT. 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…
Melodifestivalen 2020 Bookmakers’ Odds – 9 February Update
- Anna Bergendahl 4.0
- Hanna Ferm 5.0
- Dotter 8.0
- The Mamas 8.0
- Mendez ft. Alvaro Estrella 12.0
- Mohombi 12.0
- Robin Bengtsson 12.0
- Felix Sandman 15.0
- Paul Rey 15.0
- Victor Crone 15.0
- Mariette 16.0
- Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron 24.0
- Frida Öhrn 26.0
- Albin Johnsén 36.0
- Anis don Demina 36.0
- William Strid 36.0
- Jakob Karlberg 41.0
- Faith Kakembo 41.0
- Malou Prydz 71.0
- Nanne Grönvall 76.0
- Amanda Aasa 101.0
- Drängarna 101.0
Odds correct as of 21:00 CET 9 February 2019, via Unibet
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