It’s way too early to start betting on the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. But that isn’t stopping the bookies from forming their opinions…and courting interest from punters who want to take a largely blind punt.
Ukraine, the landslide winners of the most recent edition, top the odds table. Forecasters clearly think the goodwill shown toward the Ukrainian act in Turin will continue into the next edition of the contest. Although Ukraine won’t host this year’s show in the traditional sense, its win will be honoured during the contest. Will public sympathies translate into votes once more? Or could they experience something akin to the “host country curse” that we’ve witnessed with other countries?
Eurovision 2023 odds to win: Ukraine early favourite
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Italy is the bookies’ second favourite. They did incredibly well for a host country in 2022, placing sixth with Blanco & Mahmood’s “Brividi.” The perennial strength of Sanremo likely explains this early positioning.
Sweden, who last won in 2015, find themselves in familiar territory. Melodifestivalen guarantees a wide pool of songs that could likely be competitive at ESC.
This year’s hosts — the United Kingdom — currently sit in fourth. This may reflect confidence in the BBC’s continued partnership with TaP Music — the company that chose Sam Ryder and his song “SPACE MAN” for Eurovision 2022. As you’ll recall, he won the jury vote and finished second overall.
Spain, which reached new heights with Chanel and BenidormFest, finds itself sitting pretty too. The oddsmakers seem hopeful that the expanded 2023 edition of Benidorm Fest will slay just as hard as the contest that gave us “SloMo.”
In Turin, France failed to replicate the dazzling success from Rotterdam. But hopes appear strong for Paris to surge again in the U.K.
Interestingly, Israel’s Noa Kirel, the first artist to be confirmed for Eurovision 2023, currently sits well down in the table. Her best price is a rather unimpressive 66/1. This will surprise many, given Noa’s vast experience on huge stages and the big budget she’ll bring with her.
It’s been reported that Eurovision winning songwriter Doron Medalie will join the Israeli delegation, so she’s very much in good hands.
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