Eurovision Betting Predictions and Odds 2018
If you haven’t heard of Eurovision before then you must have been living under a rock. The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest and longest-running annual TV song competition. Performers from all over the world battle it out in song, dance and stage antics to be crowned the winners of Eurovision.
It’s not only popular with pop lovers, but it’s also a major event highlight in the bookmakers calendar. Punters from all over the world place their bets on which countries will make it to the final, and who will be the ultimate winner of Eurovision.
Favourite Winner Odds On Eurovision 2018
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This year the event will take place on the 12 May at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal, the winning country from last year’s extravaganza. But before the grand finale, the countries must make it through the semi-finals, which will be held on the 8 and 10 May. The semi-final draw took place on 29 January, placing countries into one of the two events.
A total of 43 countries will take part in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The 37 semi-finalists will be whittled down to 20 (10 from each event), to join the ‘Big Five’ of France, Germany, Italy, UK and Spain, plus Portugal as the host country in the Grand Final on the 12 May.
Semi Finals Predictions
The semi-final lists have been drawn, assigning each country to one of the two semi-final events. Knowing which countries are in competition for a spot in the grand final means it’s a great time to take stock and weigh up your Eurovision betting options.
A country’s chance can be helped or hindered depending on which countries they have to compete against in the semi-final. For example, this year sees both Macedonia and Greece in the first semi-final on the 8 May. No matter how much the organisers deny politics plays a part in the contest, it is a huge factor in the public votes. Just ask the UK!
So, apart from the ‘Big Five’ and the host country, who else are tipped to make it to the final show?
Australia may be relative newcomers to the contest, but they have made quite the impression. Since entering the ring in 2015, they have been placed in the top 10 finalists three years in a row, and even made it to 2nd place in 2016. They are certainly on a roll and are likely to continue that trend going into 2018.
In previous years Finland selected their Eurovision representative by public national selection, but this time around Finnish broadcaster, YLE, have chosen the performer internally. Bearing the country’s Eurovision hopes for 2018 will be Saara Aalto, who placed 2nd in The X-Factor in 2016. Aalto is just one of many former TV song contests to represent their country. While this experience is a good indicator of making it to the final, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will win.
2017 was meant to be Israel’s final Eurovision appearance with Imri Ziv’s performance impressing in the semi-finals at the knockout stage. However, after going through several legal wrangles and protracted court battles, the 3-time-winner (1978, 1979, 1998) is back in 2018, better than ever. Israel is represented by Netta Barzilai’s entry ‘Toy’ which delightfully and stylishly brings the ‘playful’ factor back to Eurovision. However, Netta’s song carries a powerful message with the lyrics seemingly inspired by the Global #MeToo movement. Netta won the chance to represent Israel after owning the stage on the Kochav Haba television talent show earlier this year and her ‘Toy’ is exactly the type of catchy ditty that Eurovision winners are made from.
Bulgaria have yet to select a performer and song, but they are sticking with the same formula as last year, which took them to 3rd place. They seem to be stay true to the saying, ‘If it’s not broken, don’t fix it!’ Bulgarian broadcaster BNT aims to put together a new team of artists and producers, established in their field and have plenty of experience. It worked last year, so chances are it can again.
Russia are back in the game after having missed out on the 2017 event in the Ukraine and after the semi-final draw are now one of the favourites to make it to the grand final. Julia Samoylova, who missed out on making her Eurovision debut last year, is again tipped to lead her country into Lisbon.
Eurovision 2018 Winner Predictions
The most exciting form of Eurovision betting is, of course, picking the winner. Here are our top picks for the country with the best chance of being the European champion of pop.
Australia’s 2018 performer, Jessica Mauboy has an excellent chance to be the one to finally seal the deal and win the title for the country. She is one of Australia’s most successful female artists, having toured with the queen of pop, Beyonce plus five top-ten albums to her name. With Mauboy at the helm and the country’s great track record in the contest, Australia are the strongest contenders for the title so far.
It is no coincidence at all that the entry of Israel’s Netta Barzilai, ‘Toy’ was released during the week of International Women’s Day. As the #MeToo movement helps women find their collective global voice, Netta is using her powerful and playful tones to sing of empowerment with some straight-and-direct lyrics: “Wonder woman don’t you ever forget, you’re divine and he’s about to regret….I’m not your toy, you stupid boy”. Netta Barzilai’s powerful vocals and electric onstage presence will provide Israel with its best chance to win the title since the iconic Dana International’s victory in 1998.
While they have yet to pick their singer and song, the Swedes are always amongst the favourites to win. They are one of the most successful countries at the competition, boasting six Eurovision winners and being placed in the top five a staggering 24 times.
Despite not progressing from the semi-finals in 2017, Estonia have a strong track record which have kept them in the hearts and minds of Eurovision lovers and bettors. In fact they are usually in the bookies top 5 in the run up to the competition. Since they stepped onto the Eurovision stage in 1994 they have stacked up one win in 2001, and have made it to the Final 5 times.
Italy is one of the ‘Big Five’ meaning they go straight to the final without having to compete in the semi-finals. They are another constant leader in Eurovisions predictions. Since returning to the contest in 2011 after a 14 year absence Italy have achieved 5 top ten results. The performer for the country will be the winner of the Big Artist category from the Sanremo Music Festival, Italy’s own TV song contest.
Another of the ‘Big Five’ are top of the favourites list. Spain recently selected their performers to represent them in May. Alfred and Amaia, winners of the Spanish talent show ‘Operación Triunfo’ will be gracing the stage at the final of Eurovision. Spain have won twice and are one of the longest participating countries, alongside the UK.
Last year, former Russian X-Factor star, Julia Samoylova was refused entry into the Ukraine as it emerged she had previously performed in the Crimea. After such a controversy, Russia will be more determined than ever to settle the score on the Eurovision stage. Plus, they have a great track record in the competition, since their first appearance in 1994. They won the competition in 2008, and are joint with Sweden in the country to hold the most top 5 finishes.
While there are a few months to go until the big showdown, here are the latest odds for the top 5 countries from the best online bookmakers.
*odds may change