With the final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest the betting odds have five countries in the running to win tonight.
The favourite heading into tonight is Sergey Lazarev of Russia, throughout the past week the odds for Russia’s victory have been shortening. Sergey has been the favourite for a number of months in the lead up to the contest. The song is doing very well on iTunes with the song in the top 100 downloads in 14 countries. Hoping to make the contest more than a one horse race is Australia. Dami Im has wowed the betting odds and the public over the last couple of days. Dami Im has impressed with the her vocal performance, and will be performing “Sound of Silence”. Australia’s odds are shortening across all of the bookmakers.
Three countries are following Australia and Russia, these are Ukraine, France and Sweden. Ukraine is being represented by Jamala and her song “1944” which is about the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 by Soviet authorities. Ukraine are predicted to do very well with the jury vote but question marks remain whether it can connect with the public vote. After their jury final performance last night France’s Amir is 4th in the betting odds. The song “J’ai cherche” had been doing well in the iTunes charts ahead of the contest but over the past couple of days it has dropped down the charts and down the odds.
Fifth in the odds and viewed as an outsider to win tonight is the host nation itself Sweden. Sweden are represented by 17-year-old Frans with the song “If I Were Sorry”. Ahead of the final tonight the song is in the top.100 on iTunes of 10 countries, while it is dominating the Spotify charts with the song in the top.200 of 11 countries.
Odds are correct as of 23:53 CET on May 13.