Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Betting Preview
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest heads to Tel Aviv this weekend as Israel hosts the 64th edition of the world’s most famous singing competition.
26 nations will be represented in this year’s final, with Malta opening the proceedings on Saturday night. British hopes rest on the shoulders of Michael Rice, who goes in 16th with power ballad ‘Bigger Than Us’.
Here are our Eurovision betting tips ahead of Saturday’s final…
Eurovision Song Contest Betting
The Dutch start as the red-hot favourites going into Saturday’s final with plenty of buzz around the distinctly British-sounding Duncan Laurence and his entry ‘Arcade’. It’s already charted at No. 3 in his homeland and his sentimental ballad has all the ingredients of a sure-fire Eurovision winner. The Netherlands are long overdue a Eurovision win – can Laurence end 44 years of hurt?
The Aussies are still seeking a maiden win in the competition after joining the Eurovision party back in 2015. After a disappointing 20th place finish in 2018, they look a far more intriguing proposition this time around with the decision to put their faith in established singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke. Her quirky pop-opera entry ‘Zero Gravity’ won’t be easy to forget when the public vote opens – and as the penultimate performance of the evening, expect it to strike a chord with voters.
If there’s one golden rule of Eurovision it’s that you should never underestimate the Swedes – even if they don’t start the night as heavy favourites. Only Ireland can boast more wins in the history of the competition, and a win for John Lundvik with ‘Too Late For Love’ on Saturday night would bring them level with the Irish on seven Eurovision victories apiece. Interestingly, London-born Lundvik also wrote the UK’s 2019 entry ‘Bigger Than Us’ whilst keeping this song for himself. He looks to be the best chance for a British win of sorts this weekend.
A favourable draw in the final which sees Switzerland take to the stage third last makes Luca Hänni’s ‘She Got Me’ a tempting pick from a betting perspective. His song has an instantly radio-friendly ‘earworm’ quality, and as the winner of the Swiss equivalent of ‘The X Factor’, Hänni is a charismatic performer with contest-winning pedigree.
Another reality show winner fronts the Azeri entry for this year as Chingiz steps up to perform ‘Truth’. The 28-year-old won their version of ‘Pop Idol’ and he’s tipped to give one of the most high-energy performances of the evening – so it would be no shock if his anthem works a treat with watching viewers.
Perhaps inevitably the odds are stacked against the United Kingdom once again this weekend, with a fifth-place finish in 2009 the last time the UK managed to break into the top 10. Hopes rest eternal on Michael Rice, who won the first series of BBC show ‘All Together Now’ in 2018 and featured on the 2014 series of ‘The X Factor’. His song ‘Bigger Than Us’ does feature that vital Eurovision-winning ingredient – a key-change – so Rice’s song may well have just enough in its favour to avoid the dreaded ‘nil points’.
Can Rice finally deliver a first win for the UK since 1997? In a night traditionally packed full of unpredictable moments, that would go down as perhaps the biggest shock of all.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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