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March 14 bookies update: Italy remains a favourite, Belgium, Portugal weirdly in the Top 5

photo: Fotis Konstantopoulos / www.oikotimes.com

EUROPE – Every year we make an annual post, updated throughout the season (periodically) to present you the latest betting odds for national selections and the Eurovision Song Contest.

MARCH 14
The national final season is over and now the focus goes to the betting odds provided by the overall table of http://www.oddschecker.com. Although we miss one country, Armenia, the song of which will be revealed on 18/3, things remain somehow unchanged. Italy remains the hot favourite followed by Sweden and surprisingly by Belgium and … Portugal. After announcing its song, Bulgaria also topped the favourites table ranked as 5th to win the contest. In terms of the semi finals Armenia, Sweden, Greece, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Montenegro, Moldova, Slovenia and Latvia are the predictions for the qualification. Armenia is topping the predictions most likely due to the diaspora and we are somehow surprised seeing Poland and Montenegro in the list. In the second semi final we see Bulgaria, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, Belarus, Russia, Croatia, Romania, Israel and Lithuania to be predicted as qualifiers. Croatia and Lithuania are the questioned countries in this list with Russia bringing questions on whether their entry can be used to psychologically force viewers and jury to vote in a participation which will take place inside Ukraine. In a few days oikotimes.com will launch the annual EuroPrediction and the excitement will hit the roof.

MARCH 07
Eurovision Song Contest is getting exciting. Italy remains the top favourite to win the Eurovision 2017 edition with Sweden following up. Bad news for Greece who dropped 9th from 4th in the betting odds one day after the song selection. On the contrary the Serbian teaser boosted the country which now features 4th in the betting odds. In the Melodifestivalen war field: Wiktoria is now the big favourite to win the ticket to Eurovision 2017 as Loreen is now out of the picture. Nano follows closely as a big dark horse. In the Norwegian national final: Elin and The Woods is now the favourites to win the 2017 edition of MGP. Definitely things will change but today’s image is clearly showing that things are moving and nothing is certain in Eurovision no matter how much of a big name you are.

FEBRUARY 24
The meeting odds for the Eurovision Song Contest and the national finals are updated and here are the latest. Regarding the Eurovision 2017, Italy, Sweden and Russia remain the favourites followed now by Australia, Romania and Greece. Sweden, armenia, Australia, Belgium. Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Moldova are considered qualifiers from the first semifinal while, Russia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania the qualifiers for the second semifinal. Loreen is the favourite to win the 2017 Melodifestivalen with Nano following closely behind. For the fourth semi final, Loreen and Wiktoria are considered the qualifiers for the final while Axel and Les Gordons predicted to go to second chance. In Norway, JOWST ft Aleksander Walmann is considered the hot favourite for the ticket to Kyi followed by Kristian Valen. Finally in Estonia, Kerli remain the hot favourite to win the national final. In the oikotimes.com polls: In Norway oikotimes visitors predict Ulrikke – Places to win, in Denmark our readers predict Sada Vidoo“Northern Lights” to win, in Moldova visitors vote for Sunstroke Project – Hey Mamma to win and in Iceland our readers predict Svala Björgvinsdóttir – Ég veit Thad to win.

FEBRUARY 6
The betting odds made a good prediction on Finnish national selection a week ago. Now let’s see what are the current standings for various Eurovision events ahead. We start with the Eurovision 2017 odds where Sweden is leading now followed by Russia, Australia and Greece still high in the bookies. In Melodifestivalen 2017, Loreen and Nano are the top favourites to win the ticket to Kyiv in the final. For the second semi final Mariette and Lisa Ajax are predicted to qualify in the final while Benjamin Ingress and Dismissed to proceed in the second chance. Sanremo Festival 2017 begins tomorrow and Fiorello Mannoia with Sergio Sylvester are considered the favourites to win the event. Though it will be clear after the final to declare who’s going to Kyiv.

JANUARY 26
With great interest to the UK and Finnish national final coming up we have interesting information to share with you. In the UK Lucie Jones is the favourite to win despite Olivia Garcia been the favourite in almost all fan polls. You can see our review and vote in our poll here. In Sweden, without any of the songs for 2017 Melodifestivalen known, Loreen is the top favourite to represent again the country in Kyiv. The Fooo Conspiracy is following next. In Sanremo Festival predictions, the bookies predict Fiorella Mannoia as the winner of this year’s festival. But the thing with Sanremo is that the winner is not necessary the artist who will definitely represent Italy in Eurovision 2017. For Ireland the bookies are not that optimistic. The odds predict Ireland to stay out of the Grand Final but we have to hear the song first to have a very first estimation. Finally, Greece remains in the top to win the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest despite not having its song selected yet.

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About Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) (2122 Articles)
This passion begins in 1984, in 1996 I established oikotimes as a printed pamphlet and in 2001 as a website turned eventually into Eurovision. The best thing happened is that I got to know some great friends.

1 Comment on March 14 bookies update: Italy remains a favourite, Belgium, Portugal weirdly in the Top 5

  1. I just don’t get the hype surrounding Italy’s entry.

    Very ordinary song with a man in an ape costume as a gimmick!

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