It’s the calm before the storm. From Thursday 27 February to 8 March, we’ll have at least one new Eurovision song almost every day. And in anticipation of the onslaught, the bookmakers’ odds are becoming increasingly volatile. One moment a song is up, the next it’s down. However, one country’s ascent continues despite the shifting sands. Romania is now the bookies’ second favourite to win Eurovision 2020.
Eurovision 2020 Odds: Romania second favourite to win — 26 February
Roxen will sing one of five tracks in Rotterdam. But we won’t know which one until Sunday’s song selection show. Nonetheless, the up-and-coming star sits second in Oddschecker’s odds comparison table.
The country can be backed from as low as 7/1 and its odds continue to shorten.
Romania is doing things differently for 2020. Its traditional multi-act national selection has been ditched after two consecutive non-qualifications. Instead, Roxen was internally selected.
And for now, at least, the market seems to think that the country has made the right call.
Other Eurovision 2020 betting favourites
There’s no change at the top. Lithuania’s The Roop remain the firm favourites to win. While their odds are drifting slightly, they are still significantly lower than at the weekend. You can place bets on “On Fire” from as low as 3/1 — compared to 6/1 on Sunday.
Romania’s rise sees Italy fall to third. The odds on a victory for Diodato and “Fai rumore” continue to lengthen. The latest figures start at 8/1.
Next is Russia at 10/1. The country has remained noticeably silent to date and there has yet to be any official declarations regarding either the artist or song.
The top five is completed by Sweden. And it’s really very tight because some outlets are offering odds as low as 8/1 for the Scandi nation. It was even briefly ahead of both Italy and Russia in the overall rankings. While we don’t know the country’s act yet, we do know all of the songs competing in Melodifestivalen. Dotter is the current favourite to win there at 1.85. Her closest competition is Anna Bergendahl on 5.25.
The remainder of the top ten is almost completely dominated by internal selections, none of which have announced their songs. They include Bulgaria and Malta. Ahead of upcoming announcements, Germany and Switzerland break into the top ten. Norway is the exception at ten. It selected Ulrikke with “Attention” two weeks ago.
The United Kingdom is just outside at 11.
Eurovision 2020 Betting Odds — 26 February
- Lithuania 3/1
- Romania 7/1
- Italy 8/1
- Russia 10/1
- Sweden 8/1
- Bulgaria 11/1
- Malta 14/1
- Germany 14/1
- Switzerland 16/1
- Norway 12/1
Odds correct as of 22:00 CET 26 February.
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