As more and more songs are being revealed day after day, the bookies’ odds are constantly changing. And if they have anything to say about the results, we’re going to have a first-time winner in Rotterdam. Iceland has overtaken Lithuania with several betting agencies as favourite to win, while Romania has continued to rise.
Eurovision 2020 odds: Iceland favourite to win – 2 March
After four years of non-qualification, Iceland finally returned to the Top 10 last year courtesy of Hatari. And it looks as though they’re set to go even better this year with Daði & Gagnamagnið. The quirky band won Söngvakeppnin on Saturday with “Think About Things”.
Since then, Iceland’s odds have dropped tremendously to as low as 4/1, and are continuing to shorten. Several outfits even have them lower than Romania and Lithuania, and their odds definitely shortened faster than those countries’ did when their songs were first selected. “Think About Things” has also been performing well on Spotify, suggesting very promising things for the country that has never won in 32 attempts.
Other Eurovision 2020 favourites
It’s certainly a three-horse race to top position on the betting odds. Romania has continued to shorten to around 5/1 – compared to 7/1 last week. This is after it was confirmed that Roxen will sing “Alcohol You” this May. The bookies are impressed with the choice. Lithuania, on other hand, have drifted slightly to 6/1 and their odds are continuing to lengthen.
Previous favourites have also drifted. Italy has dropped to fourth, with their odds now at around 10/1 – from 6/1 two weeks ago. Australia has fallen out of the Top 10 altogether, with their odds as long as 20/1. They were at 8/1 a month ago.
Russia rounds out the Top 5 with odds at 11/1. This is possibly due to their status as a Eurovision powerhouse as they are still yet to release any information regarding their song or performer. However, the bookies may know something we don’t.
Bulgaria are tracking similar odds at around 11/1, suggesting their singer Victoria has something good to offer or that their recent good performance are in the bookies’ minds. Sweden are seventh at 12/1, remaining steady after the Andra Chansen selections. Malta are at around 16/1, although some agencies have them at as low as 11/1 and shortening, which indicates good things for Destiny Chukunyere. Norway has been holding steady at ninth with odds of 18/1, while Germany rounds out the top ten.
Eurovision is indeed a marathon rather than a sprint, and early hype at a selection does fizzle out over time. However, as we’ve seen in the past with the likes of Loreen, Emmelie de Forest and Netta, the early favourite does sometimes become the winner.
Eurovision 2020 Betting Odds – 2 March
- Iceland 4/1
- Romania 5/1
- Lithuania 6/1
- Italy 10/1
- Russia 11/1
- Bulgaria 11/1
- Sweden 12/1
- Malta 16/1
- Norway 18/1
- Germany 18/1
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