Lithuania enters top five with bookmakers
Bookmakers soon respond to everything happening in a semifinal. One of the most remarkable happenings after the first semifinal tonight is the rise of Lithuania’s Ieva Zasimauskaite. The Lithuanian songstress now finds herself in fifth place.
From 100/1 to 12/1
After the rehearsals, people were admiring Lithuania for the beauty in their performance. During Ieva’s performances, emotions were often seen in the press centre. Those emotions were also visible tonight. In the last lines of her performance, Ieva Zasimauskaite found it hard to hold back her tears.
Those emotions got through to the viewers at home. Lithuania have made it through to the Grand Final of the contest and might be in for their best result ever. That record is currently in the hands of LT United. They scored a sixth place in 2006 with “We Are The Winners”.
Just after the first rehearsals, Lithuania wasn’t a hugely popular bet. They were in 22nd place with odds of 100/1, if you were lucky. Now, a little over an hour after the semifinal, Lithuania’s odds have shortened considerably. If you’re lucky, you can now get a bet of 12/1. One should expect these odds to shorten even more throughout the night.
Looking good for the non-performers
Interestingly, two of the other countries shortening considerably with Oddschecker at the moment didn’t even perform tonight. Both Norway and France are on a good run. Norway might just overtake Cyprus for that #1 position.
France were drifting a little after their second rehearsal. It’s now looking much better for them, with odds as short as 5/1 being offered for a French victory.
Other favourites from this first semifinal are seemingly struggling. That, however, is not unusual after a show. Cyprus, Israel, Czech Republic and Bulgaria are all drifting at the moment.
Wow, I didn't believe that her position will rise up so high. However, we don't have so many good songs this year and Ieva has something that their ordinary lyric song is so different. We will have great evening tomorrow!
Betfair – Cyprus’ ‘fuego’ brings fire & fury to Eurovision 2018 trading
The final week of pre-event trading for Eurovision 2018 (Lisbon 12 May), has seen Betfair place Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira’s ‘Feugo’ as 11/10 market favourite to win the 63rd edition of the Pan-European song contest.
Eleni Foureira’s ‘Feugo’ has flipped-the-script on Eurovision 2018 trading, as the Cypriot entry was 100/1, just ten days ago.
However, Betfair details that Eurovision punters have backed ‘Feugo’ following Foureira’s well-received pre-event rehearsals.
Cyprus’ move to the top of Eurovision bookmaker rankings, comes at the expense of Israel’s Netta Barzilai’s ‘Toy’, which had been the previous outright 5/4 event market favourite (current price: 3/1).
Reports from Lisbon, detail that Netta Barzilai has underperformed in pre-show rehearsals, underwhelming Eurovision test audiences.
“Cyprus has overtaken previous favourites Israel, with entrant Netta’s unconvincing rehearsals’ performance of Toy seeing the entry drift out to 5/1, before coming back into 3/1 second favouritism thanks to getting a highly advantageous second half slot in the draw” details Betfair Spokesperson, Katie Baylis.
With a live TV audience of approximately +200 million viewers, watching and judging an international song contest, bookmakers expect a helter-skelter evening of Eurovision trading.
The pressure is now on Eleni Foureira to deliver Cyprus’ first ever Eurovision victory, however, could European pop heavyweights France (5-time winners) and Sweden (6-time winners) spoil a Cypriot pop party!
“France are our third favourites at 12/1, with Germany at 14/1 and Sweden at 16/1 rounding our top five in Eurovision betting” Betfair adds.
Betfair – Eurovision Winner 2018
11/10 – Cyprus
3/1 – Israel
12/1 – France
14/1 – Germany
16/1 – Sweden
20/1 – Italy
20/1 – Ireland
22/1 – Lithuania
25/1 – Norway
30/1 – Australia
33/1 – Estonia
40/1 – Czech Republic
50/1 – Bulgaria
50/1 – Finland
50/1 – Moldova
50/1 – Hungary
60/1 – Denmark
66/1 – Austria
80/1 – Spain
100/1 – Ukraine
100/1 – Netherlands
200/1 – United Kingdom
200/1 – Slovenia
200/1 – Portugal
250/1 – Albania
300/1 – Serbia
Cyprus seems legit winner. They have everything and the singer charisma for scene looks perfect too.
What do you think that Isreal won the song contest? I agree with Sobral who thought that Eurovision is going to change after he won last year. However, it didn't happen...