It’s one of the biggest selections of the Eurovision season. And Saturday night’s Melodifestivalen 2021 premiere was not short on spectacle…even with the all-important COVID-19 safety measures.
Yet despite going direct to the final from the semi’s pimp slot, Danny Saucedo is no longer the bookies’ favourite to win the whole thing. Their number one is now Eric Saade.
Melodifestivalen 2021 Odds: Eric Saade favourite to win
The “Every Minute” popstar first passed out Danny, the early odds-topper, in the lead up to last weekend’s show. Eric is currently trading on Svenska Spel at odds of 4.00. We won’t hear his song for another three weeks, but there are several other reasons why punters may be backing him. He’s competed in Melfest on three previous occasions, going direct to the final each time and winning the contest outright in 2011. Furthermore, he’s performing last in semi-final four – a slot that’s often considered to be reserved for potential winners.
Melodifestivalen 2020: Other favourites
Eric may have the shortest odds, but there are several acts jostling for the top spot. Danny Saucedo hasn’t gone far. He sits at second place following the premiere of “Dandi Dansa” at the weekend. The three time-Melfest finalist is currently trading at odds of 5.20.
Last year’s runner-up, Dotter is in third. She can be backed at 5.6. In fact, her odds are even better if you look at the odds for semi-final two. There she leads the pack, with odds as low as 1.22.
The top five is completed by debutant Tusse at 6.40 and last year’s winners The Mamas at 6.90. None of the remaining acts have single digit odds. The top ten is rounded out by Charlotte Perrelli, Arvingarna, Anton Ewald, Mustasch and Frida Green.
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 2021 Bookmakers’ Odds – 8 February Update
- Eric Saade 4.00
- Danny Saucedo 5.20
- Dotter 5.60
- Tusse 6.40
- The Mamas 6.90
- Charlotte Perrelli 16.00
- Arvingarna 28.00
- Anton Ewald 29.00
- Mustasch 31.00
- Frida Green 31.00
- Patrik Jean 36.00
- Klara Hammarström 42.00
- Clara Klingenström 50.00
- Tess Merkel 50.00
- Paul Rey 57.00
- Alvaro Estrella 60.00
- Lovad 65.00
- Efraim Leo 65.00
- Elisa Lindström 65.00
- Sannex 85.00
- Emil Assergård 85.00
- Lillasyster 120.00
- WAHL feat SAMI 180.00
- Julia Alfrida 230.00
- Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos 250.00
Odds correct as of 14:00 CET 8 February 2021, via Svenska Spel
What do you think of the odds? Who is underrated? Let us know in the comments.