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Jedward’s Eurovision odds slashed into 5/2 as favouritism draws closer

| 14.05.2011

Jedward are on course to start the Eurovision Song Contest as favourites as the Irish duo continue to take Europe by storm.

Having opened up in the Eurovision Song Contest betting at 25/1 last week, continued support has seen Ireland backed into 5/2 to win Saturday’s showpiece.

Dusseldorf is the setting for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest and since arriving in the German city earlier this week, Jedward have taken Europe’s press by storm as they dominate every headline.

For so long France had dominated the Eurovision betting as many expected but they face a real battle at the head of the market with Jedward.

Amaury Vassilli will perform an ‘Sognu’, an operatic song sung in Corsican, and it was widely believed that the French entrant would walk the competition at 8/5.

Except since the turn of the Millennium 10 of the 11 winning songs have been sung in English and as the competition draws closer the decision to perform an opera song could well backfire.

France’s Eurovision odds are on the drift having opened up around the 6/4 mark and punters can expect plenty of change between now and the announcement of the winner.

Jedward and France may be dominating the betting but there are plenty of outsiders that look like great value in the Eurovision betting.

Azerbaijan have a brilliant pop song that should do well with the judges and they are the 13/2 third favourites while Blue have the established fan base in Europe to mount a serious charge.

The United Kingdom representatives are 10/1 to win tonight which could be a huge price if the fans that sent their early abums platinum turn out to vote.

Ladbrokes are offering a top 10 market and the chance to bet on who will finish first and second, leaving punters with plenty of opportunities to find incredible value in the Eurovision odds.

A £10 stake on United Kingdom winning the Eurovision Song Contest would return £110/strong>. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of a free bet worth up to £30.

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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.