Sanremo voters weren’t the only ones to get a case of the shivers on Saturday, February 5. The bookies are apparently shaking too.
With nine songs revealed for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, the betting agencies have Italy’s Mahmood & Blanco down as the favourites to win it all. Their song “Brividi” — a contemporary ballad that sees two men pouring their hearts out — has already climbed to as high as No. 5 on the Spotify Global Viral chart, proving it has cross-border appeal.
Will the so-called “home curse” affect Italy — one of the most consistent nations at Eurovision in recent years? The bookies say no.
Second favourite at the moment is Poland.
The country won’t stage its national final Krajowe Eliminacje until February 19. But buzz has been building since the January 14 confirmation of the lineup.
Fans have been going into meltdown over Krystian Ochman’s song “River”. A quick scroll through YouTube comments sees them praising the emotional number for showcasing his voice. Many say the song gives them goosebumps all over their bodies.
Rounding out the bookies’ Top 3 is Greece’s Amanda Tenfjord.
The singer-songwriter, who was born in Greece but grew up in Norway, has had some success on the Norwegian charts, owing to her folk-indie sound, which comes wrapped in Nordic polish.
She recently told Gala magazine in Greece that her Eurovision entry is her favourite song that she’s ever written. Given the strength of her past work — like “Kill The Lonely” and “Then I Fell In Love” — it’s no wonder the bookies are feeling good.
Eurovision 2022 odds: Italy favourite to win
Accurate as of 18:00 GMT on 6 February
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As you can see, Australia is currently down as fourth favourite. Their national final includes the likes of Eurovision 2017 alum Isaiah Firebrace, Australia Decides returnee Jaguar Jonze and the wildly popular band Voyager.
Which countries do you think the bookies are underrating and overrating at this point?