Latest from the Eurovision bookies: Switzerland surge, Iceland drop

 Latest from the Eurovision bookies: Switzerland surge, Iceland drop

It’s been an extremely busy week for Eurovision songs being released across the continent, and it’s shaken the betting markets right up.

With a few songs still to be unveiled, the majority are now out in the open – and Switzerland are the new frontrunners, thanks to Gjon’s Tears and the ballad Tout l’Univers; on 5/2 with William Hill.

The previous favourite – last year’s de facto winner, Iceland’s Daði Freyr – released 10 Years on Saturday, but it’s resulted in a slight lengthening of the nation’s chances. They’re now on 12/1 with William Hill, and in sixth place. Asking Daði to bottle lightning for the second year in a row would have been a tough ask, but finishing at least near the top of the table in 2021 would still be a massive achievement, in my view.

Bulgaria’s Victoria has been lingering near the top of the betting market for all eternity, and she’s still in second place now that Growing Up Is Getting Old has been released. She’s right behind Swiss hopeful Gjon’s Tears, on 13/2.

France’s Barbara Pravi is in third with Voila (8/1), Sweden’s Melfest winner Tusse follows with Voices (9/1) and Italy’s Måneskin is currently fifth place with Zitti e buoni (10/1).

Behind Iceland, on 14/1 are both Lithuania’s The Roop with Discotheque and Malta’s Destiny, who actually hasn’t released her song yet. It’s due today.

Further down, it seems excitement over the United Kingdom’s entryJames Newman‘s Embers – hasn’t really translated into support from the bookies. William Hill has us at 100/1; though others have us at 66/1, and SkyBet have ever so generously priced us at 50/1 (on par with Belgium’s Hooverphonic).

See the full odds from Oddschecker here.

The Eurovision final is on May 22, with semi finals the week before.

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Shaun Kitchener

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