Betting Odds

XTRA Odds: Top ten remains the same as Miki and Jonida Maliqi climb

Tomorrow is the day. The first rehearsals will kick off at the Tel Aviv Expo, where the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in two weeks time. It’s time for us to once again look at the current odds with the bookmakers. Who’s doing well? And who’s slowly losing momentum?

How do these work?

Now, before we kick off with our analysis, we need to look at how these odds work. Basically, the lower your odds, the higher the chance of victory.

A quick example: Currently, Switzerland are noted as third favourites to win. They have odds of 5/1. That means that for ever €1 you bet, you win an extra €5 if Luca Hänni does indeed win the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Contrary to those odds are the odds for Montenegro. D Mol find themselves in last place at the moment, with odds of 400/1. If D-Moll were to win Eurovision 2019, you’d get €400 for every €1 you bet.

Shortening and drifting

Bookmakers are out there to make a profit. That’s why the more likely events will pay out less than something rather unlikely. It’s important to note that bookmakers don’t just decide how to rate each song. They respond to what is happening. The flow of money is key here. If a lot of people start putting money on Cyprus to win, it will start shortening – once again, when people bet, it’s looking like a more likely event, so the odds drop. At the same time, if the money flow stops, odds will start to drift, as it seems less people believe in a certain event.

Obviously, betting agencies don’t just look at their own screens. They will always keep an eye out for the other bookmakers. They will then follow the trend, to make sure their own balance is fine. When looking at other factors, they will also take into account how the country has performed at Eurovision. That’s why you’re more likely to see Russia and Sweden up there than Montenegro and North Macedonia.

For our analysis of the betting odds, we’ll be looking at the odds provided by EurovisionWorld. We will use fractional statistics for the posts.

Analysis: 3 May

Since our last article on 13 April, we’ve seen a bit of movement inside the top ten. However, it now looks as if every country inside the top ten is back exactly where they were three weeks ago. With over fifteen bookmakers being used by EurovisionWorld, it is a most reliable source for these rankings.

  • 🇦🇱🇲🇰 Albania are doing really well at the moment. After climbing a massive nine spots last time around, Jonida Maliqi wins another four places this time. “Ktheju Tokës” now is the 23rd most likely song to win the contest. A similar movement is visible for North Macedonia. Tamara Todevska has brought her “Proud” to #17, a climb of three spots.
  • 🇪🇸 Spain are the biggest climbers this time around. Miki and his “La Venda” are clearly gaining momentum now. He has stormed into the top fifteen, coming from #21. If rehearsals go well for the Spanish, this could be one to keep an eye on in the next couple of weeks.
  • 🇳🇱 The market seems slightly ‘satisfied’ when it comes to The Netherlands. Duncan Laurence’s odds are stable at most times, whilst at others he’s slightly drifting. This is probably down to the fact that odds have shortened to the point where it is no longer interesting to bet on “Arcade” winning, as not enough money can be made. This automatically leads to more money flowing towards Russia.
  • 🇦🇲🇩🇪🇩🇰 Armenia aren’t doing well at the moment. Srbuk’s live performance in Madrid, where she suffered from technical issues, may have played a part in this. In similar fashion, the other ‘drifters’ this time are Denmark and Germany, who both lose four spots each.

Full table

We recommend viewing the table below on a desktop computer.

CountryPosition changeEntryShortest oddsLongest odds
1. The Netherlands0Duncan Laurence – Arcade3/27/4
2. Russia0Sergey Lazarev – Scream7/24/1
3. Switzerland0Luca Hänni – She Got Me6/112/1
4. Italy0Mahmood – Soldi7/112/1
5. Sweden0John Lundvik – Too Late For Love8/113/1
6. Iceland0Hatari – Hatrið Mun Sigra11/116/1
7. Cyprus0Tamta – Replay13/118/1
8. Malta0Michela – Chameleon17/130/1
9. Greece0Katerine Duska – Better Love17/131/1
10. Norway0KEiiNO – Spirit In The Sky24/150/1
11. France+1Bilal Hassani – Roi25/166/1
12. Portugal-1Conan Osíris – Telemóveis25/180/1
13. Azerbaijan+1Chingiz – Truth40/166/1
14. Spain+7Miki – La Venda49/189/1
15. Slovenia-2Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi33/1100/1
16. Australia0Kate Miller-Heidke – Zero Gravity50/180/1
17. North Macedonia+3Tamara Todevska – Proud49/180/1
18. Armenia-3Srbuk – Walking Out33/1100/1
19. Czech Republic-1Lake Malawi – Friend of a Friend50/1125/1
20. Belgium-1Eliot – Wake Up50/1200/1
21. Denmark-4Leonora – Love Is Forever33/1200/1
22. United Kingdom+1Michael Rice – Bigger Than Us50/1200/1
23. Albania+4Jonida Maliqi – Ktheju Tokës89/1150/1
24. Estonia0Victor Crone – Storm50/1200/1
25. Israel0Kobi Marimi – Home50/1200/1
26. Germany-4S!sters – Sister49/1250/1
27. Finland-1Darude ft. Sebastian Rejman – Look Away99/1250/1
28. Ireland0Sarah McTernan – 2249/1400/1
29. Serbia+3Nevena Božović – Kruna99/1250/1
30. Hungary0Joci Pápai – Az Én Apám80/1249/1
31. Poland-2Tulia – Pali Się (Fire Of Love)100/1250/1
32. Croatia+3Roko – The Dream100/1250/1
33. Romania-2Ester Peony – On A Sunday99/1300/1
34. Austria0Paenda – Limits50/1300/1
35. Lithuania-2Jurij Veklenko – Run With The Lions50/1350/1
36. Belarus0ZENA – Like It100/1300/1
37. Moldova+1Anna Odobescu – Stay100/1400/1
38. San Marino-1Serhat – Say Na Na Na100/1500/1
39. Latvia0Carousel – That Night99/1500/1
40. Georgia0Oto Nemsadze – Keep On Going100/1750/1
41. Montenegro0D Mol – Heaven200/1750/1

Stay tuned!

We will be back with an update of the bookmakers’ odds soon after the first rehearsals take place. Make sure you don’t miss the action tomorrow, as one of the favourites for victory, Cyprus, will be the first act to take to the stage. will stream live from the press centre in Tel Aviv.

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!
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