After two long years, Eurovision finally made its start in Rotterdam. The first semi-final took place last night with early favourites Malta, Lithuania and Cyprus amongst the qualifiers. Three of the automatic qualifiers also got their chance to shine on stage, including the new favourite. The semi has shaken up the odds, but the bookies are still backing Italy to take out the contest on Saturday.

 

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Eurovision 2021 odds: Italy is the favourite to win

Måneskin have been rising slowly ever since rehearsals started, with the band finally hitting the top just before the semi-final. It looks like the momentum has very much swung Måneskin’s way, with their odds at 38/5 a week ago shortening even further to 9/4. Their performance has also notched up over 200,000 views on YouTube.

This contest marks a decade since Italy’s return to the contest and they are very overdue for their third win.

Rounding out the top three are France and Malta. Destiny was the favourite from her song release but she has slipped down the odds since rehearsals began. However, the bookies have been impressed with her performance yesterday as she has climbed back from 41/10 to around 3/1 and briefly ended up as the second most likely act to win.

On the other hand, France’s Barbara Pravi has been shortening throughout the rehearsals and that trend is continuing as she has gone from 9/2 to 11/4. She is set to preview her song during the second semi-final, and a big reaction could cause her odds to shorten even further.

 

Ukraine continues to shorten, San Marino climbs following Flo Rida reveal

Easily the biggest mover from the first semifinal is Ukraine. The two-time winner was even predicted to not make the final back when Go_A’s entry “Shum” was released. The group’s energetic stage performances since rehearsals have since caused massive waves for Go_A. Coming from obscurity, they now sit at fourth place on the odds, at around 9/1.

Their performance also racked up an outstanding half a million views on YouTube. This is the second most of all the semi-final performances, sitting second to Russia, which has over 800,000.

Sitting at fifth place is Iceland. One of the earliest favourites of this year, Daði & Gagnamagnið have also gained momentum and now sit at 11/1. In sixth place is Switzerland. Gjon’s Tears had been a regular of the top three prior to the rehearsals but his odds have lengthened since then. From sitting as low as 4/1, Switzerland is now at around 14/1.

Further down the table, San Marino has benefited from the confirmation that American rapper Flo Rida will be appearing in Rotterdam this Thursday. San Marino have lept into the top ten, with their odds sitting at 50/1 and continuing to shorten.

Eurovision 2021 odds following the first semi-final

  1. Italy – 9/4
  2. France – 11/4
  3. Malta – 3/1
  4. Ukraine – 9/1
  5. Iceland – 11/1
  6. Switzerland – 14/1
  7. Bulgaria – 14/1
  8. Lithuania – 33/1
  9. Cyprus – 33/1
  10. San Marino – 50/1

Odds taken from oddschecker

Do you agree with the odds? Do you think we’re heading to an Italian win this Saturday? What did you think of the performances of Malta and Ukraine? Let us know!

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Amit hangel
Amit hangel
23 days ago

Italy is overrated imo and swiss song is pretty similar to the last winner. I’m betting on malta

Jane Thomap
Jane Thomap
23 days ago

Ukraine!!!!! The best of this season. 🙂

Afro
Afro
23 days ago

Yes – Yes – Yeaaaa Italy !!!! ???

Last edited 23 days ago by Afro
M M
M M
23 days ago

Ukraine act was the most original of all of them. But of course, originality is not the only winning ingredient. The effective fusion of the folklore motif with the hard beats and the synth bass is what won me over! Team Shum for sure!

Janina
Janina
23 days ago

Hoping for Italy’s win (finally!), it’s easily their best entry in recent history. I also feel like out of all the contestants, their performance just works the best and is close to perfection.
Ukraine is not my cup of tea and I also don’t see them doing well with the juries. Same with Italy unfortunately, so the trophy might go to a more commercial song like Malta or France but I’m reeeeally crossing my fingers for Italy. It’s time.

Afro
Afro
23 days ago
Reply to  Janina

I will go to the church if they win to thank God!!!

Last edited 23 days ago by Afro
Blackcat
Blackcat
24 days ago

Swiss song reminds me a bit of Dutch winning song. If you listen closely you can catch very similar notes.
It’s actually very disappointing this year that so many songs are similar to other famous songs. It’s a lazy job.

Elsa
Elsa
24 days ago
Reply to  Blackcat

The thing is that Arcade is already itself very similar to other songs… That is Eurovision.

Alex
Alex
24 days ago

wow Ukraine could be a surprise winner like 2016. I don’t know how they do it every time and they get so much attention but kudos to them for working their asses off.

Sad that France is falling, i really hope it keeps the hype.

Benji
Benji
24 days ago
Reply to  Alex

No, they can’t. After the yesterday’s hype, Ukraine has started to fall down in the betting odds, Switzerland has already surpassed them. Besides, after the experience in 2017, I’m not sure I wish Ukraine to be the host country next year.

Blackcat
Blackcat
24 days ago
Reply to  Benji

Ukraine was a great host. Other wealthier countries could learn from Ukraine how to host a successful event with little money.

Benji
Benji
24 days ago
Reply to  Blackcat

I agree that the organisation of the contest was nice. But I don’t like if a host country forbids any contestant to participate because of political reasons (as it was with Yulia Samoylova.

-_-
-_-
24 days ago
Reply to  Benji

Well, she kinda broke Ukrainian laws and Russia knew that.

From many artists, Russia choose the one that is forbidden to enter(on purpose), but you are still blaming Ukraine, that is unfair, honestly

Nataliia
Nataliia
21 days ago
Reply to  Benji

She wasn’t forbidden to participate, she was forbidden to enter in Ukraine. It was offered to have an online performance, but she refused

Yavaine
Yavaine
24 days ago

I don’t understand why the roop is so low in the odds. Who agrees?

Last edited 24 days ago by Yavaine
Fred
Fred
24 days ago
Reply to  Yavaine

Makes no sense whatsoever. Should be in top 5.

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
24 days ago

I do like electro-swing and Destiny´s singing and presence. Not a fan of Cypriote plagiate and Azerbaijan, but they delivered, so they really deserve to be in final. Sorry for Romania and Ireland, but they didn´t deliver. Glad for Belgium, it´s so particular and Gejke knows to sing. But I am rooting for Ukraine´s entry. Team Shum here.

Berta
Berta
24 days ago

thank you for support my country folks, yes we adore Eurovision and Go_A deserve to be in top 10, but we’re not gonna win and it’s absolutely fine, and jury will smash us anyway lol
I really want my country to be free of war and occupants before we welcome contest again and celebrate diversity 🙂
though im afraid it will not happen untill bloody P*tin’ dies…

My favs are Switzerland and Italy, but I wouldn’t mind Malta or France win too, they’re all amazing!
hugs and greetings from Ukraine

Last edited 24 days ago by Berta
Blackcat
Blackcat
24 days ago
Reply to  Berta

I feel your pain ??

Ant
Ant
24 days ago

I’m so so happy for Go_A but I am also kind of afraid of possible hate towards Ukraine if they really were to win. It’s too soon and the folk singing is a bit divisive. Would be cool if they top the televote but end up second since there are many other acts deserving to win this year

Agent 007
Agent 007
24 days ago
Reply to  Ant

don’t worry they are not going to win, and even if they win no one will hate them

Blackcat
Blackcat
24 days ago
Reply to  Ant

Why would people hate them for winning? Also, Eurovision is not MTV.

Rosy B
Rosy B
24 days ago

Cyprus: Great performance and looks stunning on the TV screen. She can sing, dance, and look amazing at one go. Plus, love it or hate it, the song is GOOD. Ukraine: Probably the most talked-about act from Semi final one. Happy for them because they presented something authentic and had no pretense. I can see why they are being spoken of so postively. Azerbaijan: I was pleasantly surprised. Everything came together in a good way, and the song really has a lot of appeal. Not in my top 3, but it deserved to qualify, and would not be surprised if… Read more »

Blackcat
Blackcat
24 days ago
Reply to  Rosy B

Cyprus is disappointing as their song sounds very similar to Gaga’s song.

Jack
Jack
24 days ago

The winner this year won’t have loud backing vocals to hide the fact that the singer can’t sing. Sweden may suggested it to bring performers who can’t hit a note *cough Anton ewald* but it’s a huge disadvantage. Look at Moldovas tape for instance, she looks like she is lipsynching

Agent 007
Agent 007
24 days ago
Reply to  Jack

Also Croatia’s problem

sam
sam
24 days ago

if Go_A win, i’d really like to see the contest go to odessa. they were in the running in 2017 vs kyiv and it’s such a beautiful city, even jamala wanted it to be the host

Azaad
Azaad
23 days ago
Reply to  sam

They definitely wouldn’t return to Kyiv so soon after 2017 so Odessa would be the most likely bet.

Nataliia
Nataliia
21 days ago
Reply to  sam

Agree, but i would also love if it was held in Lviv

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
24 days ago

I would be ecstatic if France, Switzerland or Ukraine won. I’d be happy with Italy or Iceland. Bulgaria would be an anti climax. Malta would be a disaster.

Keira
Keira
24 days ago

Why would Bulgaria be anticlimactic? And why would Malta be a disaster? I’m genuinely curious!

The truth
The truth
23 days ago

What a childishly stupid ending to your comment. Just because one likes some songs does not mean you need to put others down. That belies a level of insecurity and immaturity. Why would Malta be a disaster? Is it going to wage a new world war or start a new pandemic? Those would be disasters not winning a blooming song festival. People really need to grow up.

Mike Smith
24 days ago

I think the odds of 17/1 for Switzerland are totally ridiculous. The song topped the INFE poll by a large margin and was just pipped into second by Malta in the OGAE poll, what’s changed since then except some press polls during the rehearsals? They surely MUST be in the top 4 as both the INFE and OGAE polls have never been that wrong in recent years. At around 4/1 for a place they must be the value ew bet this year, especially as Italy never even made the top 6 in either of those polls.

Last edited 24 days ago by Mike Smith
Tarleton
Tarleton
24 days ago
Reply to  Mike Smith

They are an excellent bet to win the second semi final at 3-1

Tarleton
Tarleton
24 days ago
Reply to  Tarleton

I bet Gjon wins the jury vote tonight , and could win the Televote tomorrow night ; he’ll easily beat Bulgaria and even if Iceland wins the TV vote they will be handicapped by the Jury

Nicolas
Nicolas
24 days ago
Reply to  Mike Smith

Yes it’s some kind of ridiculous, Gjon is still a serious contender for the victory. Let’s see if Switzerland will be back in the the top 3 after tomorrow’s show or bookies still blinded with Malta.

Coco
Coco
24 days ago

Italy or Malta please!

Eurovisionary
Eurovisionary
24 days ago

Ukraine was one of my favourites since the beginning, interesting lyrics good music good petformance, it’s now in high position with bookies as well. Eurovisionery song too contemporary contender as well as Italy and France

Sale
Sale
24 days ago

Why did y’all forget about France:((((( hope she still wins it

Benji
Benji
24 days ago
Reply to  Sale

Because Barbara Pravi sounds and looks too decent, it must be something more weird like Italy, Ukraine or Russia to be adored by wiwi readers. By the way, you can downvote me as much as you want.

Last edited 24 days ago by Benji
sam
sam
24 days ago
Reply to  Benji

thats not true at all… if im not mistaken, france placed 2nd in the wiwi jury and is adored by readers on here (even tho its not my favorite) so to suggest theres a bias against france on here just makes you sound dumb

Benji
Benji
24 days ago
Reply to  sam

How many users did mention France as a country they would like to win in this post? But I didn’t mean only France, “ordinary pop songs” like Greece, Malta or Cyprus are even more looked down when you read the comments.

The truth
The truth
23 days ago
Reply to  Benji

I agree with you both about France and the other countries. So I did not down vote you (and why should I, even if I disagreed with you?)!!! Preferred to comment rather than upvote you as my vote would have been lost among the many downvotes

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
24 days ago

Probably no one cares but Ukraine is Nr. 3 in Trending on YouTube in Austria

Ramones
Ramones
24 days ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

Nr. 8 in Belgium (Hooverphonic is first, obviously)

Agent 007
Agent 007
24 days ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

Russia is #4 trending in Austria, #5 in Germany
Also
#2 in Belarus
#3 in Estonia
#4 in Ukraine
#6 in Latvia
#13 in Georgia
#15 in Lithuania
#15 in Kazakhstan
#30 in Azerbaijan
etc.

Honestly
Honestly
24 days ago
Reply to  Agent 007

Ukraine:
#1 – Ukraine, ofc
#3 – Austria
#3 – Iceland
#3 – Lithuania
#3 – Russia
#8 – Belgium
#8 – Germany
#9 – Estonia
#12 – The Netherlands
#14 – Sweden
#18 – The UK
#21 – Poland
#22 – Denmark
#41 – Czech Republic

Agent 007
Agent 007
24 days ago
Reply to  Honestly

on fire

Ian
Ian
24 days ago

Seeing Ukraine 4th makes me feel like this year isn’t as open as people say it is. I know people want an unexpected winner but it’s gonna be between Italy, France and Malta.
Also, don’t get me wrong, Ukraine may even win the televote but we all know juries aren’t gonna love it so they could do a Keiino moment.

Sot
Sot
24 days ago
Reply to  Ian

Well, I was worried for Go_A before rehearsals and they really showed everyone what they’re made of, so I don’t care if they take the trophy to Kiev, they are the real winners for their kindness and selflessness, along with Montaigne, Lesley, Senhit, Manizha and more…

Ern
Ern
24 days ago

I think there will be a dark horse winner this year.

Whisker
Whisker
24 days ago

I need a new winner. I think it will be from SF2 or the Big 5 + Nederlands. .

Kas
Kas
24 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

DENMARK!!!

Alex
Alex
24 days ago

Lowkey imagine the power of a Top 3 made by Italy, France and Ukraine.. no English.. would be perfect.

Last edited 24 days ago by Alex
Whisker
Whisker
24 days ago
Reply to  Alex

For sure.

cate'
cate'
22 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Yes!! My perfect top 3 will be:

  1. Italy
  2. France
  3. Ukraine

I also like English songs (Finland) but these three are wonderful and I think languages are all so fascinating… not only English.
(But I’m Italian so if you’re not and you like Italy, vote it please! I will vote France, Ukraine and Finland I think)

Chris
Chris
24 days ago

Italy is always a great contestant but I don’t think this is their year. After last night I’m afraid it will be Malta or even Ukraine again.

Benji
Benji
24 days ago
Reply to  Chris

I’m not afraid it will be Malta, I HOPE it will be Malta!

Gladdy
23 days ago
Reply to  Benji

Same here! That is 1 fantastic singer!

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
24 days ago

What I also find interesting is how even the distribution is in the TOP 10 hahaha
4 from SF1, 4 from SF2 and 2 from the big five

EuroFan
EuroFan
24 days ago

There is only one winner

CYPRUS !??

She deserves it!

EProduc
EProduc
25 days ago

I love that everything is still wide open, there are at least 5 countries in the running to win. It’s more exciting and it’s giving me 2011 vibes. I’m open for a surprise but I still hope it’ll be between France and Italy in the end 🙂

Luc
Luc
24 days ago
Reply to  EProduc

idk, it wouldn’t be fair as they automatically qualified for the final

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
25 days ago

El Diablo was fantastic last night, i just can´t understand how the performance made it drop like 5 place sin the odds?

Keke
Keke
24 days ago
Reply to  Cookie Nation

her vocals on the verse were really bad. i couldn‘t listen to it. that was very painfull!
i expected more after her accoustic versions

but maybe also because of new surprisers

Azimuth
Azimuth
24 days ago
Reply to  Keke

Her mic was set too loud. That’s it

Jo.
Jo.
24 days ago
Reply to  Cookie Nation

The performance is great, but the song itself isn’t very strong.

steve
steve
24 days ago
Reply to  Cookie Nation

Thought Ei Diablo was brilliant plus she is very easy on the eyes

karworld
karworld
25 days ago

I kind of understand the hype for Ukraine, despite I always thought it was too screamy for my ears. The performance was great, no doubt about it. But am I the only one who found the two members moving those circles of light a bit ridiculous?

Cviti97
Cviti97
25 days ago

Off topic, one of the members of Icelandic group tested positive so they will have to use footage from rehearsals for tomorrow… ?

Ana
Ana
25 days ago

Remember those who compared Ukraine to Tulia because of the white voice? This is even funnier now.

Nicolas
Nicolas
25 days ago
Reply to  Ana

Tulia’s staging was a mess.

Sot
Sot
24 days ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Tulia were a mess in general

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
25 days ago

I think honestly Italy will win by just looking at the recent winners. Every year there is a new type of song winning. Also there will be more of a younger demographic watching the ESC because of COVID and the song in itself is just a party and very lively, so it fits with what Europe will need this year.
Even though I would also love France or Switzerland to win!

Vegeta
Vegeta
25 days ago

The indications are that Italy will win over all other countries this year, even though I think the song is a cheaper version of Lordi. With 23% chance of winning in betting odds no other country stands a chance, and if I remember well, odds were very accurate in the last few years, so maybe I better bet on them, at least I might win something.

voix
voix
25 days ago

Maneskin has a good stage presence but no way that the average viewer can connect with this. They didnt won with Grande Amore or Soldi, this aint the year

Chris
Chris
25 days ago
Reply to  voix

Soldi at least lost from another great song, not from a generic contemporary pop song…

Nicolas
Nicolas
25 days ago
Reply to  voix

Still don’t understand the hype of Grande Amore, it was too cliché of that particular style.
Did Latvia 2007 got praised like this ?

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
25 days ago
Reply to  voix

Sorry but ‘average viewer’ says nothing. We’ve had lordi, Jamala, Salvador sobral all win with genres that the average house mum doesn’t listen to. People will vote for things they usually don’t listen to if it creates a moment on the night itself and if the performance resonates with them. +You also have the 50% jury vote to take into consideration.

sandyp
sandyp
25 days ago

Do people really not like Switzerland anymore just because he does a little bit of choreography?

Boreal
Boreal
25 days ago

Hello Italy, welcome to Rotterdam! I have very uncomfortable question to you:
“The winner is Ukraine?”

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
25 days ago
Reply to  Boreal

“Ukraine of course”

Boreal
Boreal
25 days ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

I can’t believe the downvoting, some people just don’t have sense of humour… :))))

Honestly
Honestly
24 days ago
Reply to  Boreal

Yeah, ppl here r very serious unfortunately.

Amy
Amy
25 days ago
Reply to  Boreal

ITALIA this year.
Ukraine is great, but not a winner!

Boreal
Boreal
25 days ago
Reply to  Amy

“E parla, @Amy purtroppo parla, non sa di che cosa parla…’ :))))

Giolo
Giolo
25 days ago
Reply to  Boreal

After yesterday, we can all scream loud from Italy: “Ucraina per la vittoria” (translation: Ukraine for the win)

Uladzislau Ulasenka
Uladzislau Ulasenka
25 days ago
Reply to  Boreal

As a Ukrainian I support Ukraine. But I Love Italy song. And will be happy if Italy (or maybe Lithuenia) will win.

Jay
Jay
25 days ago

cyprus was amazing!!!!!! my fave one from Sem-1!!!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
25 days ago

I don’t know how Russia is so low in the betting odds…I can easily see Manizha winning the televote.

kas
kas
25 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

maybe cuz the energy and the whole attitude are not enough ? just another bubble that deflates…

Nils
Nils
25 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

The song doesn’t make it easy to connect with.

Ana
Ana
25 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

The song is definitely not for this contest. It’s not catchy enough and the whole thing has any success only because of her charisma and because Russia can qualify even with pretty bad entries (remember what they qualified with in 2010?)

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
25 days ago
Reply to  Ana

My mum liked Russia the most last night actually and that’s really surprising because she’s normally a fan of the polished catchy sweden type of acts.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
25 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Yes, exactly this, I think Russian Woman will strike a chord far and wide. I was reading the comments and reactions on YouTube and Twitter—hugely positive response from across Europe.

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
24 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Oh same! My mom loved Russia! And yes, she’s usually not into those kinds of songs.

Giolo
Giolo
25 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I think Manizha did an amazing job, but Shum has the advantage in the ethnic category, at least with the public.

Uladzislau Ulasenka
Uladzislau Ulasenka
25 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Russia always good at televotes because of russian diaspora. This year russians don’t like their own song as usually. But Europe likes it.

Nick
Nick
25 days ago

Am I the only one that likes Malta…?

Carl
Carl
25 days ago
Reply to  Nick

No, and clearly you’re not alone. She qualified for the final so that says something. Ignore the comment section if you favor the Maltese entry otherwise all you’re going to read is that the song is overhyped, it’s overrated and the Maltese are basically buying everyone and anyone into making this their first ever win .. only because they are the third in the betting odds. The reason it is so high in the betting odds is because of Destiny of course and the song is catchy and a banger. For those who are going to comment about this. just… Read more »

Esc fan
Esc fan
25 days ago
Reply to  Carl

Well said.go destiny. Bring it home you deserve it

Paul
Paul
25 days ago
Reply to  Nick

I love the Maltese entry! There’s a lot of pretentiousness around it not being “authentic”. Everyone needs to lighten up a bit

Boozyfloozy69
Boozyfloozy69
24 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Nope this forum seems to love bashing anything that destiny does and it’s quite frankly toxic and disgusting!

Nils
Nils
25 days ago

I’m really looking forward to saturday. All of the bookies’ current Top 8 have a realistic shot at winning. That’s gonna be superexciting.

Darren
25 days ago

Well, the stress of last night has worn off. Onwards and upwards.
Semi 2 will be awesome. Can’t wait to see Bulgaria and San Marino.
Ukraine rising in the polls is deserved, Shum is such a bop, yet didn’t sell out, it’s typically Ukraine, everything an entry should be in my opinion, not every song has to be a Melfest reject to be considered competitive.
Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Italy, San Marino, for the win!

Azimuth
Azimuth
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Especially Ukraine, Italy and Russia for singing their languages and bringing their tradition.

Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Azimuth

Absolutely! This is what Eurovision is about for me, bringing your culture to the big stage through music.
It’s needed more in Eurovision these days.

Esc fan
Esc fan
24 days ago
Reply to  Azimuth

You are right. however the Italian song is definitely not traditional.la chanson of France is traditional and reminds me if the great and not forgotten Edith Piaf.

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc fan

I love both for those two different reasons, actually! I’d be happy if either one won 🙂 But there’s several entries that have a shot at it and would also deserve it tbh. This year is gooooood.

Ana
Ana
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Ukraine this year is a master class of how to do Eurovision without going to IKEA to buy you staging and song.

Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Ana

Absolutely!!!

helloman
helloman
25 days ago

Will Finland qualify? The best song in 2021 by far, but maybe juries will put it in last place. I dont understand why juries have so weird opinions.
And they probably love Måneskin just because its Italy.

Nils
Nils
25 days ago
Reply to  helloman

Don’t worry, they clearly will. I think televote alone could make it proceed.

Azimuth
Azimuth
25 days ago
Reply to  helloman

Grande Amore won the televote and came third just because of the juries.

Cviti97
Cviti97
25 days ago
Reply to  helloman

Do some research before commenting.

Giolo
Giolo
25 days ago
Reply to  helloman

Juries ranked 17th Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro, while televoting ranked them 3rd.

Juries ranked 6th Il Volo, while televoters gave them the best score (in percentage) ever.

In 2017 and 2019, Italy was a contender for the win and got less points from juries than televoting.

Mmm juries really love Italy!

nycforever
nycforever
25 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

That is the only reason that makes me doubt about Italian victory. I feel that juries can again destroy their chances to win. If not the juries, Italy could win not only in 2015 but had a very good chances in 2017.

Sol
Sol
24 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

When it comes to Italy, I agree more with the juries. Italy is often overrated by the televoters for some reason. Especially 2018: Italy 2018 (don’t even remember the song title) didn’t quite have the success of Fuego after the contest despite almost the same televoting points. In that case, the juries’ judgment was much more aligned with actual popularity.

helloman
helloman
24 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

The juries have good music taste. All those songs were not that good. Francesca Michielin was your best in the last 10 years. Also Gabbiadini was okay

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
24 days ago
Reply to  helloman

Oh absolutely disagree with you. Mahmood’s Soldi was Italy’s best entry prior to Maneskin. There’s a reason why Soldi almost won.

helloman
helloman
24 days ago

Did Soldi almost won? I completely forgot that. I thougt he was 5th or something.

Sol
Sol
24 days ago
Reply to  helloman

Don’t know if Finland is the best of all but it certainly is more catchy than Italy. It’s a shame that Finland will struggle to get points just because the other rock song happens to be from Italy.

Vytautas
Vytautas
25 days ago

I’m just saying but ESCToday last night voted for Lithuania as the winners of the SF1. 😛

Vytautas
Vytautas
25 days ago
Reply to  Vytautas

You can down vote me as much as you want to but it won’t change a fact and the fact it is – Lithuania came first during the SF1 in ESCToday voting. Go to check it out, I ain’t google to give you everything on the plate.

Vytautas
Vytautas
25 days ago
Reply to  Vytautas

Just to give you a hint:

  1. Lithuania (3 647 votes)
  2. Malta (2 472 votes)
  3. Cyprus (2 335 votes)
Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
24 days ago
Reply to  Vytautas

I don’t know who was downvoting you for simply stating a fact? You’re not saying Lithuania won SF1, like the show. You’re saying they won in a fan group, which is factual and fair.

Nati
Nati
25 days ago
Reply to  Vytautas

That is fantastic news!!! This is really well deserved!! Thy are my winners by far!

Steven
Steven
25 days ago

I still don’t understand why they need Flo Rida… His time is over.

Luc
Luc
24 days ago
Reply to  Steven

Indeed, hadn’t heard of him in years…

FF
FF
25 days ago

Super weird that Russia goes down in odds -still believe its gonna be top 5 finish. Yet, we saw it a couple of times when “dark horses” were low at bookies (like Austia in 2018 was like 17-18 in odds)

My best guess is top 5 gonna be Italy, Malta, France, Russia & Ukraine. With France having the highest chances to win, as uries will definetly would boost it. So I would guess jury top would be France, Malta & Sweden :D, while votes would go to Italy, Ukraine & Russia

Christian
Christian
25 days ago

I hated the recent Italian entries (especially 2015), but I like this one much more and I also prefer it over Finland. Not sure if it’s a winner but for me, I feel like like none of the songs favored by the bookings sound like an authentic winner to me, except maybe France.

Giolo
Giolo
25 days ago
Reply to  Christian

Ukraine is not authentic?

Christian
Christian
24 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

It indeed is, it’s even better in the longer 4 minutes version. I just mean that I don’t feel like there’s a song that screams “winner” on me

Mac
Mac
25 days ago

Every time when I saw people talking about how Malta is I couldn’t get it. Girl has a massive voice but the song is average and the stage concept nothing more than flashy. You give her a lot of press because of her appearance but body positivity has nothing to do with great performer and won’t win the competition. Stop creating this buzz. I assume what this final will show is that no matter how much lights, staging and press you create, people will vote for authentic performerce, not a product. That’s why Croatia lost – she was unbelievably inauthentic.… Read more »

Samo
Samo
25 days ago
Reply to  Mac

I expect Malta to do well with juries as the song and singing are professionally made well, but failing miserably with televoting since the performance lacks soul and authenticity and is completely detached from the song and its message. John Ludvik kind of a moment.

Last edited 25 days ago by Samo
Emma
Emma
25 days ago
Reply to  Mac

Personally I never understood why Malta was considered a clear winner either? I’ve watched the semi-final performance a few times now and there’s no wow moment for me, like I just don’t get anything from it in that sense? The song itself is very standard, with a chorus that brings the energy down a little (kind of like their 2019 entry for me). I mean for sure, she has an incredible voice but if this song were sung by another artist, would it be considered a clear win? I’m not sure. Her voice is definitely what makes it I think… Read more »

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
25 days ago

I hope Italy wins.

Whoareyou?
Whoareyou?
25 days ago

Ukraine being huge fanw*nk since last night. It will do well, but no chance this will win.

Jamie
Jamie
25 days ago
Reply to  Whoareyou?

Malta is the biggest fanw*nk of the century. Nothing can top them.

Ana
Ana
25 days ago
Reply to  Whoareyou?

No no no guys, Croatia is the fanw*nk of the decade. Like, I heard this song and I really couldn’t understand the hype and then the shock when it didn’t qualify. Like, it wasn’t good guys, that’s why.