EDITORIAL – The answer to the question is yes. Last week many countries which selected their artist and song internally, changed everything in the scoreboard of the betting odds. First of all though let’s see what betting odds are. We are talking about the table predicting the possibilities for a country to win the trophy. In this specific table of betting odds, last week presentations changed everything.
Until now Russia (without official artist announcement and song revelation) featured as the ultimate favourite. But the Dutch entry changed everything as The Netherlands is now the to favourite to win the 2019 Eurovision trophy. The Dutch song which clearly reminds us a songs by Sam Smith bring the Dutch odds to win, in the best ever possibilities since 2000. But we all know that it will be thee rehearsals week that will determine the winner. Let’s not forget that Fuego last year was 21st in the line for the trophy in 2018 and the rehearsals changed everything. Let’s also not forget that we expect nothing less than a stunning stage presentation from Russia anyway.
Greece, Malta and Switzerland are the most benefited countries in the betting odds after their song presentation. This is seriously needed for those three delegations as inn the recent years media spotlight (when you are favourite) is totally needed in case aa country needs to do well in Eurovision 2019. Greek entry is quite different from anything the country has submitted to Eurovision ever with an artist endorsed by Greek and international fans. Cyprus (although many moan for the Fuego copy) is what. actually the fans wanted. But it’s true that Tamta has the burden to be double better than Foureira last year. Swiss entry was a surprise as it combined excellent song choice with a stunning hunk selection (exactly what a hardcore European wants).
Interesting but not too positive was the rise of North Macedonia from 35th to 21st place which at least strengthen the possibilities for the country to qualify to the final. Somehow let’s not be surprised if Greece and Cyprus vote for them this year.
San Marino, Montenegro, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia had the least impact in the betting odds upon their song prevention. Little changed (up and down) for these entries. From those mediocre countries Czech Republic has better chances as risen from 29th to 23rd position.
It is also true what many say and comment on Twitter, thee absence of Ukraine will definitely give a non favourite to qualify entry, bigger chances to enter the final. Many comments also redact a landslide odd for San Marino to qualify.