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Russia offer the value in tonight’s Eurovision semi-final betting

| 10.05.2011

The ‘Big Five’ – for those Eurovision novices among us that’s the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – may have their spot in the final but there are 19 countries competing for a spot in Saturday’s final on Tuesday night.

10 of the 19 countries showcasing their Eurovision talents tonight will progress to Saturday’s final and Ladbrokes are offering Eurovision odds on both qualification and the first semi-final winner.

The early favourite to win tonight’s semi-final is Azerbaijan at 13/8 to win with Hungary the second favourites at 7/2.

However it’s Russia who offer all the value at 9/2 as they have sent along the countries rising star in Alexej Vorobjov , the 23-year-old actor and singer.

Vorobjov will perform ‘Get You’, an up-tempo pop track produced by RedOne.

RedOne has produced hits for Lady Gaga, Usher and Jennifer Lopez, and having signed up Vorobjov to his label, he will be confident his new protégée can wow the European crowds on his first international appearance.

Comparisons with Rick Astley have been made but there is the young Russian is certain to get the teenage girl vote, and having won the Russian version of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ as well as starred in a successful MTV show, Vorobjov has the pedigree to do well.

Russia are a huge 25/1 to win the final on Saturday and at 1/25 to qualify, it seems certain the Russian’s will take their place in the final line-up of 43 entries.

Vorobjov wrote and produced an album entirely by himself leading to RedOne signing the 23-year-old and the two are working on Vorobjov’s new album which will be released under the moniker Alex Sparrow.

Tonight’s Eurovision semi-final number one will be a huge betting market and Russia look the pick of the Eurovision odds.

A £10 stake on Russia winning the first Eurovision semi-final would return £55. Sign up here to take advantage of a free bet worth up to £30.



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.