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.

  1. Malta – 16/5
  2. France – 9/2
  3. Switzerland – 29/5
  4. Italy – 38/5
  5. Bulgaria – 21/1
  6. Iceland 21/1
  7. Lithuania – 27/1
  8. Norway – 35/1
  9. Sweden – 39/1
  10. Cyprus – 39/1

Odds taken from oddschecker as of 08:00 BST

 

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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!

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Paolo
Paolo
4 months ago

Wish destiny all the best of luck come on girl you had a long journey started singing when she was a child she worked hard for it Cant wait to see the results

Nils
Nils
4 months ago

Norway in 8th … for real?

justafan
justafan
4 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Well after rehearsal they’re 15th now…

Doris
Doris
4 months ago

Malta you have received from the televote…….. 32 points. This will be gold after the rigged juries will place her on the 1st place.

Vicky
Vicky
4 months ago

Every single site can promote her up to uncomfortably ridiculous level, but I stick with Italy.

SpainEuro21
SpainEuro21
4 months ago

Does somebody know if Flo Rida is coming to Rotterdam? I’m assuming he won’t be there even though it would be a big shame if this was the case. Anyway, it would be interesting to know how they’ll possibly might revamp the song.

Noah
Noah
4 months ago
Reply to  SpainEuro21

senhit said if flo rida cant go to eurovision there either will be another artist to replace his part or some kind of hologram/visual effect in the performance to show flo rida

Luke
4 months ago

I really want to know what Destiny will be wearing & how the staging is going to be, sooo excited!!

Joseph Portelli
4 months ago

I wish that my country Malta wins for the very first time. We’ve been waiting for a victory for a long time and I think that Destiny deserves the win. Either way the whole country is already so proud of her and I am sure that Destiny will have an amazing future full of opportunities waiting for her. Goodluck to Malta and all of europe. Let this Eurovision reminds us how beautiful music truly is and how much it can unite us especially in these difficult times we’re living in right now.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

I think this is Malta’s golden chance to win the whole thing. I don’t think they will come 2nd again after 1998, 2002 and 2005. The song has everything to win the televoting and Destiny is very talented. France and Switzerland are AMAZING but they are too dark to win the televoting, especially after a horrible year with lockdowns. People will go for a fun entry that will make them dance. In total, i think Malta will be top 3 or even win the jury vote and most likely win the televoting too. It’s the right timing for Malta this… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Alex
Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Sorry to be picky but 3rd in 1998. UK 2nd.

Bob
Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I also think Malta will be up there! But don’t forget other catchy and fun entries like Lithuania, San Marino, Iceland… all these countries will do well with the televote. None of them ever won Eurovision (I think?) so will be a very interesting result! I sure hope we get to have a new winner this year 🙂

Laura
Laura
4 months ago

I’d be ok with anyone from the second to the seventh place to win it… I’m not into Malta song, she is an amazing singer but with an already heard song (I’d be happy for her though, she has such a nice presence and voice, just the song is really meh). I don’t think Bulgaria is going to be this high, it’s good and I personally like it but I don’t think it’s the right year for a really slow song like hers. I feel like Russia and Finland could possibly be in the final top 10, and also some… Read more »

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  Laura

Agree amazing singer and would not begrudge Malta a win and Destiny become a heroine. But as you say, the song…..Chiara, Ira Losco and Mary Spiteri would have been more deserving winners.

Jack
4 months ago

I don’t understand this obsession with such a mediocre singer and a lazily written song. Why is destiny so popular I just don’t get it.

The truth
The truth
4 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Not liking a song and thinking it mediocre is one thing. But saying that this singer is mediocre, well means that you have severe problems.

Doris
Doris
4 months ago
Reply to  The truth

Anyone has the right to not like her voice. And in general I also hate those loud soul divas voices that is more screaming than singing.

The truth
The truth
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Please Doris for your own good stop making a fool of yourself. Not liking a style of singing is one thing, saying that that type of singing is mediocre or it is screaming is a sure sign of ignorance with a sprinkling of hate.

Last edited 4 months ago by The truth
Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Destiny is far from mediocre. I do understand that the song is not everyones cup of tea just like 2018, 2017 and the list goes on.

Kredential
Kredential
4 months ago

Hot take, I have no idea who will win but I don’t think it will be Switzerland, France (even though I like both) or any slow song. Given what Eurovision represents (a big celebration and party) and the current social climate, I just don’t see viewers choosing a slow song that some might call sad or depressing as their winner when the entire world has been sad and depressing for the last year and a half. I don’t have 100% confidence in Malta’s chances either, so I have no clue.

Last edited 4 months ago by Kredential
Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Kredential

There’s no other fun/dance song that can be competition to Malta.

Iceland is not very dancey, more like midtempo. Lithuania is very crazy and won’t do well with juries.

Yana
Yana
4 months ago

Fingers crossed for Italy !

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
4 months ago

So excited to see how this table will change. Let’s see who will rise like a phoenix and who won’t

finnished
finnished
4 months ago

My prediction at the monent is that Italy will win the televote by a clear margin. Their overall result will solely depend on their jury score, and I really don’t know how the muaic professionals are going to react. I expect France or Malta (or Switzerland) win the juries, but I can’t quite see them storming with the public.

As for myself, there are many good songs this year, so I would love to see a new country win for the first time.

Milla
Milla
4 months ago

Your “hate” against a certain country is really not Eurovision-friendly at all. You act like a bully at some school instead. Really a shame..

Esc addict
Esc addict
4 months ago
Reply to  Milla

And you? Never? You are one of the firsts to hate here mainly what is not swedish so please childish gurl give us a break and keep your lessons for you thank you.

Last edited 4 months ago by Esc addict
IPA
IPA
4 months ago
Reply to  Milla

Just don’t take any notice! It’d the way of Mr Bean!

Last edited 4 months ago by IPA
Bart
Bart
4 months ago

I predict one or two dark horses. Countries low in the odds now and top 10 after the rehearsals and before the shows…

Sot
Sot
4 months ago
Reply to  Bart

How about Romania and Greece? These two seem like solid candidates for a top10 finish

Viggz
Viggz
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

I also feel Romania and Greece will be the dark horses of the year.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Viggz

Romania is definitely a dark horse. Intentionally, it’s not very high with bookmakers, watch it fly after the rehearsals.

PP77
PP77
4 months ago
Reply to  Bart

I think Denmark and Belgium will be dark horses this year. Denmark will be surprise us with points from televote, Belgium with points from juries.

Ellen
Ellen
4 months ago

I’m so lucky this year. My actual top 2 is appreciated by a lot of people and is leading the odds — even if those latter aren’t that important before the rehearsals. Wish them a good luck!!

Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago

Malta wins again? I can’t really understand is odd makers’s glass of belief in originality half empty or their glass of hard liquor is half full?

Curious
Curious
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Tell us the year when Malta won?…such stupid comments…

Riv5n
4 months ago
Reply to  Curious

I think she was referring to another poll win

eha
eha
4 months ago

How is Norway this high?

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  eha

I agree, this is a borderline qualifer which will flop in the grand final.

Voix
Voix
4 months ago

This week will prove that bets before rehearsals are useless. Literally everything will change

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Voix

Bets did not fail in 2019 and predicted the Top 10 (minus North Macedonia vs France).