With the Eurovision Song Contest grand final taking place this evening, we take a look at the betting odds one last time ahead of the show. Cyprus are still in the lead at around 2/1, followed closely by Israel, the former favourites. Ireland jumped up to third place after semi-final two took place and has managed to hold on to that spot, at around 10/1, ahead of France and Sweden at 20/1 this evening.
ISRAEL – 3.75
IRELAND – 7
FRANCE – 15
SWEDEN – 17
Lithuania peaked to third after semi-final one and has sustained sixth place in the odds at roughly 24/1, closely followed by Italy. Germany, Estonia, Norway and Moldova’s tightest odds sit between 23/1 and 30/1 ahead of the contest.
ITALY – 21
GERMANY – 23
ESTONIA – 26
NORWAY – 26
From twelfth through to twenty-sixth, the participating countries follow as below.
15. Czech Republic
22. United Kingdom
Hosting the show tonight are Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, and Catarina Furtado. All 43 of this year’s participating countries can take part in the voting.
The final will be opened by fado singers Mariza and Ana Moura, followed by the traditional flag parade introducing the 26 finalists. During the interval, last year’s winner Salvador Sobral will reprise his winning entry “Amar pelos dois” along with a new single. He will also duet with Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso. It will then be followed by a Electronic music performances by Branko featuring Sara Tavares, Mayra Andrade and Dino D’Santiago. Sara previously represented Portugal in 1994.
The contest was brought to Portugal for the first time in the history of the contest after Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv, Ukraine last year. Salvador received 758 points in the Grand Final with his song “Amar Pelos Dois”.
The official slogan for this year’s contest is “All Aboard!”, and was chosen to represent a celebration of Europe and music. The slogan was inspired by Lisbon’s longstanding history as an important global seaport and the importance of the ocean in Portugal’s history. The ocean has connected Portugal to the rest of the world for centuries, and this connectivity is intended to invite people from across the world to come together to celebrate music and Eurovision.