There’s a new (old) Eurovision favourite with the bookies

 There’s a new (old) Eurovision favourite with the bookies

As the line-up for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest slowly starts to come into focus, the bookies’ odds are having a bit of a reshuffle – and Bulgaria’s Victoria is no longer the frontrunner.

Back in January, the soloist – who was due to take Tears Getting Sober to Amsterdam last May – was the favourite, even though very few songs had actually been debuted at that point.

Victoria’s 2021 song won’t be released until March, but for now she’s drifted right out to joint-fifth favourite, according to Oddschecker.

Back in front? Iceland. Amid excitement for Daði Freyr‘s follow-up to Think About Things, the nation returns to the top of the list. BoyleSports, for one, are offering 6/1 odds, with the new song, 10 Years, yet to even be showcased (it’s due on March 13).

Lithuania’s The Roop is now in second place: their track Discotheque has been kicking around for a month or so and they now have 7/1 odds, also with BoyleSports.

Sweden are on 8/1 as Melfest continues apace, and France are on 10/1. The latter will be represented by Barbara Pravi‘s tempo-switching ballad Voila. Russia are next on 12/1, alongside Bulgaria’s Victoria.

You can see the full Oddschecker table here. Eurovision returns, as you’ll be well aware, in May – with a couple of potential scenarios still in play in terms of how it will work.

The UK will once again be represented by James Newman, and 2019 winner Duncan Laurence is continuing to scale our official singles chart.

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