Sweden

Sweden

Sweden are the favourites for success at Eurovision 2015 with Mans Zelmerlöw’s uplifting Heroes that wowed in winning the Swedish Eurovision qualifying event, Melodifestivalen.

Mans first came to prominence on the 2005 series of Idol, where he finished fifth. His public appeal and all-round ability were confirmed when he won the first ever season of Let’s Dance the following year and this clean cut, likeable Swede is unquestionably the act to beat at Eurovision 2015.

Mans is a professed Eurovision fan and that enthusiasm, combined with the uplifting and positive message of the song, not to mention the impressive visual side to his performance, mean he is priced at odds of just 7/4 with most online bookmakers, although a shade higher for those that shop around… or who use our live odds comparison!

13/8
Russia

Russia

Russia are among the acts hoping they can upset the odds and pip Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlöw to the 2015 Eurovision title on Saturday night in Vienna. Polina Gagarina will perform the powerful A Million Voices for her country and the trained actor will hope to deliver in her country’s 19th appearance at Eurovision.

Russia’s anthemic Eurovision entry was, from a writing point of view, an international collaboration, featuring Russian, Swedish and Australian input. There may be concerns over Russia’s political actions though, and it remains to be seen whether that helps or hiders their votes, with Eurovision always having a strong political undercurrent, partly reflected in the “Building Bridges” tagline.

3/1
Italy

Italy

Italy are priced at odds of around 7/2 to win Eurovision 2015 and are the third favourites at the time of writing. They will be represented by the pop-operatic Il Volo, a powerful trio who have achieved a decent level of global success and have to be taken as serious contenders, as reflected by the odds.

Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto have toured with Barbara Streisand and, by Italian standards at least, are a genuinely global act, having performed sell-out shows all over the world.

Their entry, Grande Amore, is, naturally enough, a love song, and if they can truly convey the emotion of the lyrics they could yet cause a Eurovision upset. We view this as the sort of song that will score very consistently but won’t quite get enough of the highest scores to go all the way, although, of course, Eurovision is all about shocks!

3/1
Belgium

Belgium

Belgium are represented by Loïc Nottet at Eurovision 2015, having come through the first semi-final decider with flying colours. Belgium are now ranked as a 33/1 shot for Eurovision glory in the Austrian capital Vienna, though most firms have them closer to the 25/1 mark.

Rhythm Inside, a catchy, danceable number that will certainly get the crowd moving, could be a dark horse, although Belgium don’t have the greatest Eurovision pedigree, having won only once in 57 appearances and 49 finals. More tellingly they have finished last eight times, most recently back in 2000.

We’re not convinced Rhythm Inside is a Eurovision winner but one thing’s for sure, Belgium and their talented young entrant won’t be finishing anywhere near the bottom in 2015 and they make some appeal as an each way bet.

11/2
Australia

Australia

Australia, along with Eurovision regulars including Spain, Germany and the UK, didn’t have to qualify for the Grand Final and are guest invitees at this, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest. Some Eurovision diehards resent their presence but in general the attitude towards the entry has been positive and they are certainly taking winning Eurovison seriously.

Many pundits and Eurovision experts are predicting that multi-platinum Guy Sebastian, one of Australia’s most successful recording artists EVER, could go all the way and odds of just 8/1 make the Malaysian-born star and his country the fourth favourites in the Eurovision betting. The song may be a little too conventional and modern for some Eurovision tastes but Guy has proven mass appeal and so don’t be surprised if Australia come out on top on Saturday night to score a historic triumph.

10/1
Estonia

Estonia

Estonia are represented by the unlikely duo of Elina Born & Stig Rästa, who came together when Stig, probably his country’s best songwriter right now, noticed Elina on YouTube. He said “I was completely charmed by her musicality" and if the current betting odds are to be believed, there is every chance that Europe and Eurovision will feel the same way.

Elina is just 20 years of age and was in school when Stig first contacted her but things have moved quickly and the duo registered an amazing 79% of the vote in Estonia’s selection competition. Estonia and Goodbye to Yesterday are priced at betting odds of 12/1 for Eurovision success, but some firms have them as short as 9/1.

That wide winning margin in the national qualifying was the largest in Estonian history and if Elina can replicate that popularity continent wide, she could upset the odds to score a huge Eurovision win for her tiny nation in 2015.

25/1
Serbia

Serbia

Serbia are currently priced at betting odds of 25/1 to win Eurovision 2015, although with some online bookmakers pricing them at just 14/1 there are clearly differing opinions on how they will do. We predict a top 10 finish for the powerful voice of Bojana Stamenov, who impressed in the first semi-final and made the final of the 2012 series of Serbia’s Got Talent.

Serbians are a proud nation and winning Eurovision would mean a lot to a small country with a troubled history. Bojana’s moving ditty Beauty Never Lies could prove us wrong and prove a Eurovision winner but we suspect despite her undoubted vocal ability, the Serbian entry will come up a little short and whilst some may be tempted into an each way bet, we aren’t predicting a top five finish for Beauty Never Lies.

33/1
UK

UK

The UK are one of Eurovision’s regulars, automatically awarded a finals place, though their points total all too often fails to justify that. They have struggled badly in recent Eurovisons, although a fifth place finish in 2009 was more than respectable. The UK, represented this year by duo Electro Velvet, have won Eurovision five times.

That said, their most recent success came back in 1997, since when they have achieved the dreaded “nul points” in 2003, alongside two other last place finishes in 2008 and 2010. Electro Velvet will hope to finish in the top 10 at least with their Charlston-esque Still In Love With You but whether they can actually win Eurovision 2015 remains to be seen. If you think they can then odds of 80/1 are currently available!

125/1
 
 
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Eurovision Song Contest Final Betting Odds and Preview: Sweden to Win Again

The Grand Final of Eurovision 2015 is just days away and the excitement is hotting up nicely after two typically eccentric and extravagant semi-finals. Predicting the winner of Eurovision is never an easy task but that’s exactly what we’ll aim to do here in our Eurovision 2015 preview, complete with betting tips and live odds comparison.

If you already know which country you think will be crowned Eurovision winner this year then you can head straight to our live odds comparison – although we recommend reading our tips too to either back up your own thoughts or maybe to change your mind.

Our live odds comparison is the quickest and easiest way to get the best available betting odds on whichever country you think will win in Vienna on Saturday night. Different betting sites offer different odds and these can vary by 25% or more, meaning that if you accept lower odds and your bets wins you’re missing out on cash that your skilful predictions deserve.

As you can see from our odds comparison, the betting is currently headed by Sweden. The land of Abba, meatballs and a well-known flat-pack furniture provider will be represented at Eurovision 2015 by Måns Zelmerlöw, who finally won the Swedish qualifying competition, Melodifestivalen, at the third attempt. His song Heroes and the brilliant staging of it are sure to impress audiences, whilst the likeable Swede has proved he has mass appeal by finishing fifth in Idol 2005 and winning Let’s Dance the following year. He is a worthy favourite and we predict his uplifting song will certainly have a very real chance of winning at odds of around 15/8.

Next in the betting comes Russia, at odds of 4/1 with Bet365. Eurovision is intensely political and predicting voting patterns isn’t always as easy as it might seem. The political situation in Russia is interesting, to say the least, at present, and for that reason alone we feel the Russia act, Polina Gagarina, should be passed over.

Italy, priced at 7/2, are third favourites, with Il Volo, a powerful pop-opera act that ticks many of the important Eurovision boxes. Il Volo have had a reasonable amount of global success and we certainly don’t rule them out, but it will take something quirkier to beat Sweden in our eyes.

Fourth favourites are a new name to Eurovision, Australia, invited because this is the 60th anniversary of the contest. Australia didn’t have to go through the semi-finals but have impressed a lot of insiders and aside from our main betting tip, Sweden, we predict big things from multi-platinum Aussie Guy Sebastian. Born in Malaysia, he is one of the most successful acts in Australian history and we feel his style, charity work and the novelty of an entry from Down Under could see him upset the odds. Priced at 8/1 we certainly think Australia are a decent each way Eurovision bet on what we predict will be a hugely entertaining night no matter who wins!

 
 

Eurovision Song Contest Betting Overview - Odds Comparison

The Eurovision Song Contest may not be the most obvious betting event on the calendar but it is growing into one of the biggest. As you can see in our live betting odds comparison for this year’s Contest, more and more top online bookmakers are covering the Euro extravaganza and strange as betting on a song contest may seem, it has become big business.

The Eurovision Song Contest is held each year and has been since its inauguration in 1956. It helped launch the careers of some marvellous acts and improved those of many more, with ABBA, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias, Bucks Fizz and, err, Engelbert Humperdinck among the big names to have featured.

It is now hosted in the country of the previous winner, meaning the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Denmark, after the success in Sweden last year of Emmelie de Forest’s “Only Teardrops”. The final will take place on the 10th May this year and is preceded by two semi finals on the 6th and 8th May.

The semi finals have become betting events in their own right now too and whilst some of the largest countries, such as the UK, France and Germany (who provide the biggest viewing figures and much of the finances) qualify for the finals automatically each year, the rest have to battle it out in the semis.

Betting on Eurovision is a complex issue, with voting alliances between, for example, some former Soviet states or the Scandic countries, often a big factor in who will win.

For those prepared to do their research, however, betting on the Eurovision Song Contest can be highly profitable whilst for many it is just a bit of fun. Whichever camp you fall into, be sure to use our live betting odds comparison in order to give yourself the best return if you manage to pick the winner.
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