With less than two weeks to go before Eurovision 2022, pundits are making their predictions of who will slay in Turin. While we wait for the big stage performances, jaw-dropping vocals, and spectacular dance routines, the odds continue to ebb and flow. One country that has been riding high ever since February — and who has seen their odds constantly narrow — is Kalush Orchestra. Ukraine is still the favourite to win Eurovision 2022. Meanwhile, three Big Five countries occupy the Top 5.
Eurovision 2022 odds: Ukraine remains favourite to win, Spain continues to shorten
Despite a rocky start to their Turin campaign and the devastating war happening at home, Kalush Orchestra have taken the bookmakers by storm. They climbed to the top of the ladder with odds of 14/5 and their prospects have only improved. They now sit at 4/5, demonstrating big expectations for the Ukrainians this May.
In second place is the home nation Italy. Their representatives Mahmood and Blanco have been a big hit in their own country, but time will tell if that translates across Europe. Their odds have been very consistent at 7/2.
In third place is Sweden. Their representative Cornelia Jakobs was the bookies’ favourite to win Melodifestivalen. Her odds have been steadily shortening to 13/2, so we will see if her good fortunes continue!
In fourth place is the United Kingdom. Despite a long string of poor results, Sam Ryder has been impressing fans and press alike. He sits at 11/1, demonstrating that the UK may be able to achieve their first Top 5 result in over a decade.
In fifth place is Spain. Since a surprise victory at Benidorm Fest, Chanel has been going from strength to strength. She’s won a massive fanbase after slaying pre-party gigs across Europe, and she’s been rewarded with big movements in the odds. After sitting at 28/1 two weeks ago, she’s shortened even further to 14/1. After six consecutive disappointing results, Spain are hungry for a Top 5 finish. Chanel looks like she’s ready to deliver.
The rest of the top ten are very stagnant, with Poland, Greece, Norway, Netherlands and Australia. At eleventh place is dark horse threat Serbia. The avant-pop performer Konstrakta has been creeping up in the odds with some bookies putting them at between 90/1 to 66/1. She is known for her dazzling performances, so we can expect big things for the Balkan nation.
Eurovision 2022 odds before rehearsals
While things look good for Ukraine, last year proved that being the pre-rehearsal favourite does not guarantee victory. Malta ended up finishing in 7th place, while eventual victors Italy sat at 4th place in the odds. As we know, anything can happen at Eurovision.
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