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Blue’s Eurovision odds drift despite strong showing in rehearsals

| 13.05.2011

Having been out of the industry for the best part of six years, Blue are back and offer a realistic chance of the United Kingdom winning the Eurovision Song Contest.

While the likes of Ireland (Jedward) and Slovakia (twins Daniela and Veronika) focusing every effort on their publicity campaigns in the lead-up to Saturday’s final, Blue have taken a back seat and the boys are quietly confident of upsetting the Eurovision odds.

Currently trading at 9/1 to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Blue sent shockwaves around Europe on Tuesday with their second rehearsal performance but have drifted from 7/1 because of Jedward’s massive support.

During their five-year career as the UK’s biggest boyband in the early noughties, Blue enjoyed success across Europe with top 10 hits in Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Holland and Ireland, and the boys already have an established fan base.

It remains to be seen whether this support will pick up the phone and vote for Blue on Saturday, but there is no doubt the support is there and the boys are sure to score points with the judges with three platinum selling albums under their belts.

Germany became the first of the ‘Big Four’ (France, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom) to win the Eurovision since the rule’s introduction in 2000 last year and Blue will be hoping to make it consecutive victories.

The ‘Big Four’ is now the ‘Big Five’ with Italy’s participation and France currently dominate the Eurovision betting at 6/4 to win, but Amaury Vassilli’s Operatic version of Sognu has the potential to struggle.

Jedward are causing a storm in Europe and have seen their Eurovision odds cut from 25/1 to 11/4 as the Irish bid gathers pace, and the two cheeky chappies are in with a real shot of landing the title.

Ladbrokes are pitting Blue and Jedward against each other with a Eurovision special betting market and the Irish duo are 7/10 to outperform Blue who are 1/1.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.