Australia’s ranking in the betting odds have dropped a further 2 places, down to 19th ahead of their semi final today, with an average of 125/1.
The drift in their odds follows their jury performance last night, where 50% of their total votes for the semi final are allocated by the juries across Europe. Australia’s odds drifted substantially on the 30th of April, during the first rehearsals, from a high of 3rd place. This is the lowest Australia have been in the odds since December last year.
When only looking at the their status in the second semi final, their prospects improve, but their position is deteriorating. The betting market does have confidence in Australia qualifying for the final, but only just. Jessica has drifted from a high of first in its semi final, to just 8th; bordering on non-qualification.
According to the bookmakers, the countries expected to qualify are:
- The Netherlands
The tenth spot is currently being contested between Latvia and Romania, with Latvia ahead in the average ranking.
If the odds accurately reflect tonight’s results, then Russia and Romania will lose their 100% qualification streak, and join Azerbaijan. This would mean that Ukraine and Australia are the only two countries left to make it to the final every year they have competed.
Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. She was internally selected by Australian broadcaster SBS, and will sing “We Got Love”.
Jessica is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, as she performed on the 2014 stage in Copenhagen as the interval act, where she performed her song “Sea of Flags”. Since 2012, she has also headlined numerous tours, and supported the likes of Beyoncé and Chris Brown.
Source: Eurovision World
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as part of celebrations marking 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. Australia has broadcast the contest since 1983 making it the country which watched the contest for the longest period of time before taking part in the contest. In 2016 Australia was represented by Dami Im with the song “Sound of Silence”. She brought Australia 2nd place in the final scoring 511 points, she was just 23 points away from victory.