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EXPANDED EDITION: We rediscover pre-contest Eurovision odds from 1998 to 2021!

🇺🇦 Kyiv 2005

Date of final: 21 May 2005
Odds recorded: 24 April 2005 (27 days before the final)
Source: William Hill via esctoday.com

  • The winning entry was placed 1st in the odds.
  • 20% of the eventual top 5 at Eurovision placed inside the top 5 of the odds.
  • 47% of the eventual top 15 at Eurovision placed inside the top 15 of the odds.
RankOddsCountryEntryEurovision Placing
111/4🇬🇷 GreeceHelena Paparizou – My Number One1st
211/2🇳🇴 NorwayWig Wam – In My Dreams9th
39/1🇭🇺 HungaryNOX – Forogj, világ12th
49/1🇮🇸 IcelandSelma – If I Had Your LoveSF (16th)
59/1🇨🇭 SwitzerlandVanilla Ninja – Cool Vibes8th
612/1🇲🇹 MaltaChiara – Angel2nd
716/1🇧🇦 Bosnia & HerzegovinaFeminnem – Call Me14th
820/1🇧🇾 BelarusAngelica Agurbash – Love Me TonightSF (13th)
920/1🇪🇪 EstoniaSuntribe – Let’s Get LoudSF (20th)
1020/1🇳🇱 NetherlandsGlennis Grace – My Impossible DreamSF (14th)
1120/1🇬🇧 United KingdomJavine – Touch My Fire22nd
1225/1🇨🇾 CyprusConstantinos Christoforou – Ela Ela18th
1325/1🇱🇹 LithuaniaLaura & The Lovers – Little By LittleSF (25th)
1425/1🇸🇪 SwedenMartin Stenmarck – Las Vegas19th
1533/1🇩🇰 DenmarkJakob Sveistrup – Talking To You9th

🇬🇷 Athens 2006

Date of final: 20 May 2006
Odds recorded: 7 April 2006 (43 days before the final)
Source: Paddy Power via esctoday.com

  • The winning entry was placed 12th in the odds.
  • 60% of the eventual top 5 at Eurovision placed inside the top 5 of the odds.
  • 60% of the eventual top 15 at Eurovision placed inside the top 15 of the odds.
RankOddsCountryEntryEurovision Placing
12/1🇬🇷 GreeceAnna Vissi – Everything9th
27/1🇷🇴 RomaniaMihai Trăistariu – Tornerò4th
38/1🇸🇪 SwedenCarola – Invincible5th
412/1🇧🇪 BelgiumKate Ryan – Je t’adoreSF (12th)
512/1🇧🇦 Bosnia & HerzegovinaHari Mata Hari – Lejla3rd
612/1🇬🇧 United KingdomDaz Sampson – Teenage Life19th
714/1🇩🇪 GermanyTexas Lightning – No No Never14th
814/1🇳🇴 NorwayChristine Guldbrandsen – Alvedansen14th
914/1🇨🇭 Switzerlandsix4one – If We All Give A Little16th
1016/1🇭🇷 CroatiaSeverina – Moja Å¡tikla12th
1120/1🇲🇰 F.Y.R. MacedoniaElena Risteska – Ninanajna12th
1222/1🇫🇮 FinlandLordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah1st
1325/1🇩🇰 DenmarkSidsel Ben Semmane – Twist Of Love18th
1425/1🇮🇸 IcelandSilvía Night – CongratulationsSF (13th)
1525/1🇲🇹 MaltaFabrizio Faniello – I Do24th

🇫🇮 Helsinki 2007

Date of final: 12 May 2007
Odds recorded: 16 April 2007 (26 days before the final)
Source: Paddy Power via buzzjack.com

  • The winning entry was placed 3rd in the odds.
  • 40% of the eventual top 5 at Eurovision placed inside the top 5 of the odds.
  • 53% of the eventual top 15 at Eurovision placed inside the top 15 of the odds.
RankOddsCountryEntryEurovision Placing
15/1🇨🇭 SwitzerlandDJ Bobo – Vampires Are AliveSF (20th)
27/1🇸🇪 SwedenThe Ark – The Worrying Kind18th
38/1🇷🇸 SerbiaMarija Å erifović – Molitva1st
48/1🇧🇾 BelarusKoldun – Work Your Magic6th
511/1🇺🇦 UkraineVerka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai2nd
611/1🇧🇬 BulgariaElitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov – Water5th
712/1🇷🇺 RussiaSerebro – Song #13rd
814/1🇬🇷 GreeceSarbel – Yassou Maria7th
916/1🇷🇴 RomaniaTodomondo – Liubi, Liubi, I Love You13th
1016/1🇨🇾 CyprusEvridiki – Comme ci, Comme çaSF (15th)
1120/1🇸🇮 SloveniaAlenka Gotar – Cvet Z Juga15th
1220/1🇬🇧 United KingdomScooch – Flying The Flag (For You)22nd
1320/1🇲🇹 MaltaOlivia Lewis – VertigoSF (25th)
1425/1🇱🇻 LatviaBonaparti.lv – Questa Notte16th
1525/1🇪🇸 SpainD’NASH – I Love You Mi Vida20th

🇷🇸 Belgrade 2008

Date of final: 24 May 2008
Odds recorded: 23 April 2008 (31 days before the final)
Source: Paddy Power via buzzjack.com

  • The winning entry was placed 1st in the odds.
  • 60% of the eventual top 5 at Eurovision placed inside the top 5 of the odds.
  • 53% of the eventual top 15 at Eurovision placed inside the top 15 of the odds.
RankOddsCountryEntryEurovision Placing
17/2🇷🇺 RussiaDima Bilan – Believe1st
29/2🇷🇸 SerbiaJelena TomaÅ¡ević feat. Bora Dugić – Oro6th
35/1🇮🇪 IrelandDustin The Turkey – Irelande Douze PointeSF (15th)
411/2🇦🇲 ArmeniaSirusho – Qele, Qele4th
57/1🇺🇦 UkraineAni Lorak – Shady Lady2nd
69/1🇸🇪 SwedenCharlotte Perrelli – Hero18th
718/1🇧🇬 BulgariaDeep Zone and Balthazar – DJ, Take Me AwaySF (11th)
820/1🇬🇷 GreeceKalomira – Secret Combination3rd
920/1🇪🇸 SpainRodolfo Chikilicuatre – Baila El Chiki-Chiki16th
1022/1🇫🇷 FranceSébastian Tellier – Divine19th
1125/1🇧🇦 Bosnia & HerzegovinaLaka – PokuÅ¡aj10th
1225/1🇱🇻 LatviaPirates Of The Sea – Wolves Of The Sea12th
1325/1🇹🇷 TurkeyMor ve Ötesi – Deli7th
1425/1🇨🇭 SwitzerlandPaolo Meneguzzi – Era StupendoSF (13th)
1525/1🇷🇴 RomaniaNico and Vlad – Pe-o Margine de Lume20th

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