Eurovision betting: Italy pull away as frontrunners; France and Malta drift

 Eurovision betting: Italy pull away as frontrunners; France and Malta drift

I’ve been OBSESSED with Destiny‘s semi-final performance for Malta over the past week but as many will know by now, she is no longer the bookies’ favourite to win Eurovision on Saturday – she has in fact drifted to third.

Italy’s Måneskin – whose Zitti E Buoni is already a huge hit in their homeland – are the favourites now to take the prize, and their odds are still shortening with several bookies. In fact, SkyBet have them as low as 2/1.

France’s Barbara Pravi remains very high in the mix; she’s currently in second (3/1 with SkyBet) though her odds are lengthening with most bookmakers. Destiny is now on 6/1 in third.

Someone else whose odds have drifted somewhat compared to a few weeks ago is Gjon’s Tears of Switzerland: Tout l’Univers is now fourth favourite with 7/1 odds, but there has been a minor rebound over the last couple of days.

The Ukraine are fifth favourites (ahead of Switzerland with a couple of outlets); and the Top 10 is completed by Iceland (12/1), Finland (28/1), Portugal (33/1), the Flo Rida-equipped San Marino (33/1) and Bulgaria (40/1). That latter one is a remarkable fall considering Victoria was the early favourite back in January.

Sweden, Cyprus and Norway follow; while the United Kingdom are in 19th place with bookies (300/1). See the lot here.

The running order has now been revealed for Saturday’s final, and Italy will certainly be fresh in voters’ minds when the lines open: they’ll be on 24th (out of 26). Malta meanwhile have been cursed with a relatively early slot (they’re up 6th) and France’s Babs will be on 20th. The UK have the 9th spot.

Shaun Kitchener

Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.