Melodifestivalen 2021 may not be traveling from arena to arena on its usual grand tour of Sweden. But producers have definitely made up for that by assembling a standout line up that includes former Melodifestivalen winners like Eric Saade and The Mamas, and Melodifestivalen and Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli. But if the Melodifestivalen 2021 betting odds are anything to go by, it’s two-time runner-up Danny Saucedo who is the one to watch.
Melodifestivalen 2021 odds: Danny Saucedo favourite to win
Swedish betting site Svenska Spel currently lists Danny as the favourite to win with odds of 3.85. Danny co-wrote his song “Dandi Dansa” — just as he did back in 2011 and 2012 when he placed second with “In the Club” (behind Eric Saade) and “Amazing” (behind Loreen). Given that both of the songs that beat him came Top 3 at Eurovision, he can hold his head high with the confidence he always plays with the big boys (and girls).
Obviously it’s very early to make much of the betting odds. However, bookies often have contacts within the music industry and always have their ears to the ground. It’s very possible they have insider information which may inform their odds. The only problem is it’s hard to know when they’re on it and when they’re not…
Last year’s first set of odds doesn’t inspire that much confidence though. On November 27, 2019, their favourite to win Melfest 2020 was Felix Sandman, followed by Hanna Ferm, Victor Crone, Mariette, Robin Bengtsson and Mohombi. The Mamas, who ultimately won, were way down as 10th favourite with eventual runner-up Dotter down in 11th.
Melodifestivalen 2021: Other favourites
Danny may have the shortest odds, but there are several acts jostling for the top spot.
Eric Saade, among Sweden’s most-loved pop stars, can never be taken lightly. He’s currently second favourite with Svenska Spel with odds of 5.80.
Writing on Instagram, he made it clear that his 2021 song has special meaning for him.
“During this strange year, I have written music in English again, for the first time in 4 years. During a period when I was very happy in an almost unhealthy way, I wrote the song ‘Every Minute’ at the end of the summer. I will premiere it in Mello! Because I love Melodifestivalen and this sad year has made me miss the stage so much! Now I get to do what I love most, create!”
Dotter lost the closest Melodifestivalen in history earlier this year, and the hashtag #Dotterdam remains popular among Eurofans. She’s currently third favourite with odds of 6.80. Her song “Little Tot” has a playful name, which left one wiwiblogger wondering if it might be about those fried snacks we all had at school as kids. Regardless, she’s riding a wave of momentum from last year’s contest. Surely she will make the most of it.
What is Dotter’s “Little Tot” about?
— Robyn Gallagher (@robynesc) December 2, 2020
Could The Mamas go three-for-three, three years in a row? Well the bookies think they are in contention. They are currently fourth favourite with odds of 8.10 with their song “In the Middle”. We were rather amused when a commenter on our Instagram suggested the title was a play on Dotter’s “Bulletproof” lyrics (“Just shoot me in the middle, where my heart’s supposed to be…”). Lulu confirmed in the comments section that they did not even think about that and have nothing but respect for Dotter.
Melodifestivalen 2021 Bookmakers’ Odds – 6 December
1. Danny Saucedo 3.85
2. Eric Saade 5.80
3. Dotter 6.80
4. The Mamas 8.10
4. Tusse 8.10
6. Charlotte Perrelli 14.50
7. Anton Ewald 23.00
8. Paul Rey 25.00
8. Mustasch 25.00
10. Frida Green 28.00
11. Kadiatou 32.00
12. Patrik Jean 36.00
13. Arvingarna 39.00
14. Alvaro Estrella 42.00
14. Emil Assergård 42.00
16. Sannex 52.00
17. Efraim Leo 65.00
18. Nathalie Brydolf 70.00
18. Jessica Andersson 70.00
18. Lovad 70.00
18. Tess Merkel 70.00
18. Elisa Lindström 70.00
23. Klara Hammarström 80.00
24. Lillasyster 85.00
25. WAHL feat SAMI 110.00
25. Clara Klingenström 110.00
27. Julia Alfrida 130.00
28. Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos 250.00
Odds correct as of 16:20 GMT 6 December 2020.
What do you think of the odds? Who is underrated? Let us know in the comments.