The Eurovision 2021 marathon is entering its final stretches. After weeks of interviews, promotion and hype, our 2021 stars are finally getting ready to start rehearsals next week. And of course, some singers are feeling the weight of expectation a lot more than others. Before we dive into rehearsals, here’s another look at the bookmakers odds for who will win the contest.
Eurovision 2021 odds: Malta remains favourite to win before rehearsals, France overtakes Switzerland for second place
Since the reveal of their song, Malta has sat comfortably on top of the betting table. Destiny and her female empowerment song “Je me casse” has consistently been sitting around 3/1 since March, and even going as low as 11/4.
In second and third place are two the French-language songs who have been firmly locked in battle all season. Barbara Pravi of France at the moment occupies the second-place spot with odds as low as 9/2. This is much lower than the 21/2 she was sitting on over a month ago.
Meanwhile, Gjon’s Tears of Switzerland who was formerly on 4/1, has drifted slightly to around 29/5. Smarkets users have also had France narrowly overtake Switzerland for second place, suggesting a tight tussle between the two in the next weeks.
Italy and Iceland make gains as Bulgaria and Sweden drop
Competition has also heated up amongst the outsiders. Sitting in fourth place is Italy, with Måneskin shortening from 9/1 to as low to 38/5 before rehearsals. The Italian band emerged as an outsider to rock their way to victory at Sanremo, so an Italian victory looks far from unlikely.
Also making gains, and squeezing into the top five, is Iceland. Daði og Gagnamagnið were the early favourite but drifted since the reveal of “10 Years”. Nonetheless, the internet darling is making a resurgence. Formerly as high as 23/1, they now sit as low as 21/1.
Sitting at joint fifth now is last year’s favourite Bulgaria. Formerly more solidly in fourth place with the bookies, Victoria has been sitting consistently at 12/1 but has now fallen behind the big movers to 21/1.
At seventh is Lithuania, with The Roop also keeping it steady at 27/1. Meanwhile, Norway come in at eighth, where TIX sits at 35/1.
And at ninth place is Sweden. Tusse was formerly at sixth place, but has drifted slightly from around 13/1 to 39/1. Rounding out the top ten is Cyprus, with Elena Tsagrinou also at 39/1.
At the other end, the countries least predicted to win at 999/1 are Latvia, Albania and Estonia
Eurovision 2021 odds before rehearsals
The following list shows the top ten favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 according to the bookies. You can check out the full list in the embedded Instagram post.
- Malta – 16/5
- France – 9/2
- Switzerland – 29/5
- Italy – 38/5
- Bulgaria – 21/1
- Iceland 21/1
- Lithuania – 27/1
- Norway – 35/1
- Sweden – 39/1
- Cyprus – 39/1
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Do pre-rehearsal favourites go on to win Eurovision?
For the last two editions of the contest, the pre-rehearsal favourite has gone on to be the eventual winner with Netta and Duncan Laurence.
However, this was not the case with the two contests prior to that. In 2016, Russia was the clear favourite all the way to the final but ended in third. Ukraine, who was sitting at eighth before rehearsals, ended up the victor. Similarly, in 2017, Italy was the heavy favourite leading up the contest but only came sixth. Meanwhile, eventual winner Portugal was sitting at fourth just before the rehearsals.
While things may look pretty for Malta’s Destiny for the moment, things are anything but certain in the world of Eurovision.
Do you agree with the Eurovision 2021 odds before rehearsals? Do you think Malta will win or an outsider will clinch the victory? Let us know below!