Eurovision Odds: Six of the best for Rotterdam glory
Eurovision returns to our TV screens on Saturday night after last year’s edition was cancelled because of the Covid pandemic and thankfully there will be fans in Rotterdam to bring a touch of glitz and atmosphere.
Malta were the favourites in the Eurovision odds before this week’s semi-finals began but Italy now lead the way at 9/4, with France just adrift, while the UK’s James Newman is lagging behind with his song ‘Embers’.
We’re taking a look at some of the favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend.
Italy (Manekin – Zitti e buoni)
Roman rockers Maneskin have undergone a dramatic image transformation and may not seem obvious candidates to finish top of the pile but Italy have an excellent record in the Eurovision Song Contest and always seem to be in contention.
Finland’s Lordi won the 2006 version with ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ but this is a more serious attempt to land the big one.
The big question is whether this funk-rock track has the qualities to appeal to a Eurovision audience.
France (Barbara Pravi – Voila)
France, like Italy, Germany, Spain and the UK, are one of the ‘Big Five’ and do not need to qualify for Saturday’s final but this Edith Piaf-inspired music hall number from Pravi is likely to capture the hearts of Europe rather like Salvador Sobral did for Portugal four years ago. France can be backed at 10/3 to win for a sixth time.
Malta (Destiny – Je Me Casse)
Classic Eurovision entry from the daughter of a former Nigeria international footballer that ticks a lot of boxes in terms of message and is upbeat enough to get fans on their feet.
Je Me Casse, 5/1 in the Eurovision odds, will appeal to those who loved Netta’s ‘Toy’ that brought success to Israel three years ago.
Iceland (Dadi og Gagnamagnio – 10 Years)
These nerdy, likeable Icelanders would have stood a good chance of winning last year’s event with the glorious ‘Think About Things’ but they have come back strong once again with dance track 10 Years which has more than a touch of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ about it.
Starts with a moody string section but the rhythm soon kicks in, accompanied by a cheesy dance routine to boot. Available at 12/1.
Bulgaria (Victoria – Growing up is getting old)
One of the dark horses for glory in the Netherlands, this beautiful, melancholic yet uplifting song owes a lot to Billie Eilish and hopefully it will translate well on the big stage. Can be backed at 25/1.
Switzerland (Gjon’s Tears – Tout l’Univers)
The Swiss entry has been up and down in the odds but is now available at 7/1 . Gjon Muharremaj has a glorious voice and in terms of songwriting Tout l’Univers is right up there. Complex, melodic and one that should appeal to fans and juries alike.
Where: Rotterdam, Netherlands
When: 18:00, Saturday 22nd May
How to watch: BBC 1
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication