Compare 2018 Eurovision Song Contest odds for outright winner from the top bookies using the betting table below. Plus claim bookies free bets.
Eurovision Odds 2018 – Outright Winner Betting
To Win Eurovision Song Contest; 8pm Saturday, May 12 on BBC1 TV; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/5 odds 1,2,3,4.
Eurovision Preview: Italy and Ape Hot Favourite in Eurovision Odds
Italy is red-hot favourite in the Eurovision Song Contest odds with the bookies (see betting comparison table above), despite, or possibly because the singer has a dancing ape on stage with him. Well, it is a man dressed as an ape. Yes it’s the sort of classy act we expect from the World’s most embarrassing Karaoke contest.
Francesco Gabbani (the singer not the ape) is a household name in Italy, having won their own internal competition to find the voice to represent them. The song has sold well too. So who are we to question the way the bookmakers have framed this market, though we have seen hot favourites beaten several times in this cringe-making competition before.
However Europhiles should keep watching, there just might be enough material to persuade the most ardent of remainers that there is valid reason to Brexit.
Now we will tell you who won’t win, and it really doesn’t matter how good the United Kingdom is. Yes poor old Lucie Jones, an ex X-Factor contestant has a real uphill battle as the UK entry. It is not because she can’t sing, because unlike many who have trodden before her from these shores, she can. It is not that the song is not good enough, because it could be. Despite the anti-Brexit backlash she has been attracting a stream of bets and can be backed at 28/1 (the latest odds are above). That makes her the fifth favourite in the Eurovision betting.
Here at JustBookies, we believe that patriotic money is wasted. If the anti-European factions across Europe want to make a statement then they may chuck a vote or two in the UK’s direction. It is a longshot, much longer than 28/1. This Eurovision Song Contest preview would not back good old Lucie with Jean Claude Juncker’s money.
If there is a real threat to the dancing ape, then it comes from the unlikely source of Portugal, a country bereft of Eurovision victories. Their Salvador Sobral is just a 9/4 shot to change all that. He came seventh in their version of Pop Idol, so while he must be far from the best of Portugal’s crooners, the smart money suggests he does have a song with the right formula to garner some votes across Europe. That is a continent that does of course include Australia, outsiders (in the betting only) at 125/1.
Bulgaria are third favourite and the only other country boasting single digit Eurovision odds. Their 17-year-old singer has had a couple of local hits already and his tune was penned by some proven hit-makers. In fact the writers have helped the likes of Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez (by the way she was broken but she is mended now) to the top of the hit parade.
JustBookies can remember when Ireland had a great record in this competition. But Dana is ancient history and, at 200/1, it is fair to say that nobody was queuing up to splash the cash on Brendan Murray even before he got turfed out of the competition in the semi-final on Thursday night.
So, if you are watching the Eurovision Song Contest we have some essential advice: Grab a stiff drink, make that a bottle, disengage brain and have a bet. Just make sure that wager is not on any country that voted to leave Europe in a recent referendum.
Enough of the banter, keep a close eye on the Eurovision betting odds in our comparison table above. But be aware that a number of gambles have gone astray in years gone by. The Europeans are a strange bunch and they really don’t think like us.