Eurovision Betting 2018
2018 Eurovision Final Odds
Eurovision betting is exceptionally popular markets are available throughout the year. All of the top UK online bookmakers have priced up the outright betting and additional markets will be available once the Semi-Finals have been completed. We have compiled a list of the bookmakers and their latest odds on Lisbon 2018.
Date: May 12th
* Odds are subject to change.
Eurovision Betting, Predictions and Odds 2018
The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition which began in 1956. It is held in various different countries – traditionally the Eurovision winners from the previous year will be asked to stage the event in a venue of their choice.
Salvador Sobral of Portugal was the 2017 winner with his song “Amar Pelos Dois” and therefore the 2018 Eurovision will be held in Lisbon on Saturday, 12th May. It is one of the most watched non-sporting events on the calendar and is also hugely popular outside of Europe.
Each entrant must submit one entry to be performed in front of a live audience and this must be an original piece. It mustn’t have been released prior to September 2017 and each act cannot comprise of more than six people. The official deadline for entries is mid-March.
Each year, there are six pre-qualified countries (including the host nation) whilst the remainder of entries must perform at one of the two semi-finals. Each country is assigned a pot and will then be drawn in one of the two semi-final events as they battle it out for a place in the showpiece.
Twenty countries (ten from each) will prevail and will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 alongside the other six nations. 43 countries will be whittled down to 26 who will battle it out for supremacy.
Eurovision Predictions 2018
Betting on the Eurovision is hugely popular and there are many punters who enjoy wagering on the contest each and every year. The winner is decided by the highest number of votes and this can often become quite tactical. Most online bookmakers in the UK will offer outright bets plus alternative markets such as handicaps and ‘To Finish in the Top Ten’. Here at BettingTop10, we take a look at which countries stand a chance of taking top honours at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
The first Semi-Final which takes place on the 8th May will contain 19 nations including the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Estonia, Belgium, Ireland and Iceland.
Israel’s Netta Barzilai is the hot favourite to win Eurovision outright. Her entry “Toy” features strong messages of female empowerment and is sure to resonate with the judges.
Lyrics like “Wonder woman don’t you ever forget, you’re divine and he’s about to regret” are a nod to Israeli actress Gal Gadot who starred in the 2017 remake of the hit 1980s television show. “Toy” is a quirky dance track that features a catchy chorus and clucking chickens – exactly the type of tune that Eurovision loves!
Israel has won Eurovision three times – in 1978, 1979 and 1998 – with their last victory coming courtesy of Dana International who became the first transsexual to claim title.
Laura Groeseneken is a hugely talented singer-songwriter who has been chosen to represent Belgium and the 27-year-old will be hoping she can follow in the footsteps of her predecessors with the country’s three previous entries all finishing in the top ten. They have finished fourth in both 2015 and 2017 and she’s expected to qualify with ease. They are 20/1 in the Eurovision odds to come out on top this year and, despite them falling agonisingly short over the past few years, they look a decent each-way bet.
“Lie to Me” will be sung by Mikolas Josef when he represents the Czech Republic during the first Semi-Final and he is likely to be extremely popular in the voting. The 22-year-old former model wrote the song himself and was a standout entrant for this year’s event. He has dominated the Czech charts over the past couple of years and will be hoping to represent his country in Lisbon. They only qualified for the Grand Final for the first time in 2016 and have something to build on. Mikolas Josef could be a dark horse and we quite fancy them to qualify for the final event with relative ease.
Finland’s Saaro Aalto described being selected to represent her country as “a dream come true” and will go into the Semi-Final quietly fancied to progress from the first heat. The 30-year-old has previously appeared on the 2016 X-Factor in the UK and therefore will already be known to a British audience and that may just help her gain a few extra votes. Voting also has the tendency to get quite political and Finland are generally well-liked so this also bodes well.
The second Semi-Final which takes place on the 10th May will contain 18 nations including the Netherlands, Hungary, San Marino, Russia and Sweden.
Yulia Samoylova is an exceptionally talented artist and has been chosen to represent Russia. The 29-year-old was supposed to represent her country last year but she wasn’t allowed to enter Ukraine and their participation was withdrawn. She has featured on the Russian version of the X-Factor and sung at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Prior to last year’s withdrawal, Russia had progressed from every Semi-Final since 2004 and we expect that run to continue here.
Sweden have a good record in this contest and they have been installed as the early 6/1 favourites in the Eurovision odds for 2018. Their entry is Benjamin Ingrosso who is a former child-star and will represent his country with the song “Dance you Off”. They came fifth in last year’s event and we expect them to progress from the Semi-Finals with very few problems.
The Netherlands will send Waylon to represent them in this year’s event and they will be hoping to follow their recent trend of qualifying from the Semi-Finals. They have achieved successive 11th place finishes in the contest and came second back in 2014. They should be able to follow their recent trend and qualify for the main event.
Australia are our final pick to qualify from the Semi-Final. They’ve only been eligible since 2015 but they’ve already secured a second place finish and Jessica Mauboy will be hoping to go one better this time around. They have a 100% record at this stage and that is expected to continue. As second favourites, they are expected to be amongst many people’s Eurovision predictions for 2018.