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XTRA Odds: Switzerland resurges as the Netherlands continue to shorten

XTRA Odds: Switzerland resurges as the Netherlands continue to shorten

We now have a complete final! After last night’s second semifinal, 26 acts have booked their spot in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The running order came out a few hours after the announcement and bookmakers responded as you’d expect them to. Here’s the latest XTRA Odds! 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 Eurovision odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, Sweden are noted as third favourites to win. They have odds of 8/1. That means that for every €1 you bet, you win an extra €8 if John Lundvik does indeed win the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Contrary to those odds are the odds for Germany. S!sters find themselves in last place at the moment, with odds of 500/1. If S!sters were to win Eurovision 2019, you’d get €500 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 …
XTRA Predictions: Qualifiers of semifinal 2 of the Eurovision Song Contest

XTRA Predictions: Qualifiers of semifinal 2 of the Eurovision Song Contest

After tonight, we’ll know the 26 finalists of the Eurovision Song Contest this Saturday. We already know sixteen and ten more will join them tonight. They will come from semifinal two, which takes place in less than half an hour. Time to see who our team think will make it through! A solid head start followed by chaos Our editors seem to agree quite a bit this time around. All 27 editors have opted for the same six qualifiers: The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Malta and Azerbaijan. The only other act to get more than twenty votes is perhaps surprising: North Macedonia. They haven’t qualified since 2012, but are looking good for another spot in the final. Behind that, chaos really kicks off. Four acts all end up with fifteen predictions each: Norway, Albania, Austria and Denmark. They tie for eighth place, but that means we have more than ten qualifiers… According to our team, one of these four will need to miss out, although we don’t know who. Armenia with 12 still do really well. All other acts score in single digits. At the bottom of the scoreboard we find three countries without a single prediction on the board. …
XTRA Odds: Australia now top three as Finland bounce back slightly

XTRA Odds: Australia now top three as Finland bounce back slightly

Azerbaijan? France? Russia? Australia? Who on earth is taking that #3 spot with the bookmakers. Another day, another change. Half of the semifinal result has already been decided for our first semi tonight, so how did these rehearsals impact the results? Here is our last update with all 41 songs. Tomorrow, we’ll be down to 34… 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 Eurovision odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, France are noted as fifth favourites to win. They have odds of 8/1. That means that for every €1 you bet, you win an extra €8 if Bilal Hassani 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 …
XTRA Predictions: Qualifiers of semifinal 1 of the Eurovision Song Contest

XTRA Predictions: Qualifiers of semifinal 1 of the Eurovision Song Contest

Tonight is the night. The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is going to take place at the EXPO Tel Aviv in Israel. Seventeen acts will be battling for just ten tickets to the Grand Final. Who do our editors think will make it? Three unanimous picks 26 members of the ESCXTRA.com Team have sent in their predictions for tonight. Each of the members was asked to name their ten qualifiers in no particuliar order. The team agreed unanimously on three qualifiers. These three were the hot favourites if we’re following the odds: Greece, Cyprus and Australia. The three ladies from these countries were picked by each of our editors. At the other end of the board, no one believes Montenegro will make it, with only one editor thinking Finland will qualify. No other act scored less than five votes. Full predictions The table below displays the prediction from each of our editors. You can check out their individual choices below! We recommend viewing the table below on a desktop computer. Ryan CobbRigmo KannikeConstantinos ChristouOliver LewisMiki GligorovAivis Indāns Natalie WalpoleAustraliaAustraliaAustraliaAustraliaAustralia AustraliaAustralia BelgiumBelgiumBelarusCyprusCyprus BelgiumCyprus CyprusCyprusCyprusCzech RepublicCzech Republic CyprusCzech Republic Czech RepublicCzech RepublicCzech RepublicGreeceGreeceCzech RepublicEstoniaEstoniaGreeceGreeceHungaryHungaryGreeceFinland GreeceHungaryIcelandIcelandIceland HungaryGreeceHungaryIcelandPolandPolandPolandIcelandHungaryIcelandPolandPortugalPortugalPortugalPolandIcelandSerbiaSerbiaSerbiaSerbiaSerbia SerbiaSan MarinoSloveniaSloveniaSloveniaSloveniaSlovenia SloveniaSerbiaNick van LithTom RyanDimitris IoannouNathan WaddellTom O’DonoghueLisa BirdIsaac SturtridgeAustraliaAustraliaAustraliaAustraliaAustralia AustraliaAustralia BelgiumBelarusCyprusBelarusBelarusBelarusBelgiumCyprusCyprusCzech RepublicBelgiumBelgiumCyprusCyprus Czech RepublicCzech RepublicGeorgiaCyprusCyprus Czech …
Spotify Chart Update – May 14th, 2019 – Luca Hänni biggest winner and enters the Top 5! The Netherlands get close to Italy!

Spotify Chart Update – May 14th, 2019 – Luca Hänni biggest winner and enters the Top 5! The Netherlands get close to Italy!

Today is the day of the very first semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. So it’s a good time how the acts and the songs performed on the streaming platform Spotify over the past two weeks. Streams are picking up and the focus gets to many Eurovision artists… let’s see who could make the biggest numbers before the live show! Ranking based on the streams of the past two weeks! #DifLTCountryArtistSongPast 14 DaysTotal101ItalyMahmoodSoldi3.842.37249.580.107202The NetherlandsDuncan LaurenceArcade3.275.81713.741.318303SwedenJohn LundvikToo Late For Love1.484.77015.809.9254+37SwitzerlandLuca HänniShe Got Me752.2132.963.055505SpainMiki NúñezLa Venda695.2377.669.1316-24NorwayKEiiNOSpirit In The Sky642.1715.229.4857-16FranceBilal HassaniRoi635.9979.094.908808CyprusTamtaReplay561.9422.472.897909MaltaMichelaChameleon393.25082136910010EstoniaVictor CroneStorm290.6031.814.53711+314AzerbaijanChingizTruth279.015678.49512-111GreeceKaterine DuskaBetter Love278.2131.141.39313013BelgiumEliotWake Up268.5621.169.27214+317United KingdomMichael RiceBigger Than Us264.987964.42815-312IcelandHatariHatrið mun sigra259.4181.505.16616016RussiaSergey LazarevScream253.0311.004.38417-215DenmarkLeonoraLove Is Forever218.5761.541.11418018GermanyS!stersSister211.463995.40719+322AustraliaKate Miller-HeidkeZero Gravity208.3611.137.98520+121Czech RepublicLake MalawiFriend Of A Friend206.0841.010.34621+223BelarusZENALike It190.400476.10622-220ArmeniaSrbukWalking Out190.065589.93623-419PortugalConan OsírisTelemóveis185.2521.498.88724024SloveniaZala Kralj & Gašper ŠantlSebi178.198863.86025+126IrelandSarah McTernan22165.657392.47526-125HungaryPápai JociAz Én Apám163.232880.89327027FinlandDarude ft. Sebastian RejmanLook Away158.478903.28528028LithuaniaJurijusRun With The Lions157.994315.16429029RomaniaEster PeonyOn A Sunday150.248456.77630030San MarinoSerhatSay Na Na Na138.183547.34331+132PolandTuliaFire Of Love (Pali się)136.912525.60832-131IsraelKobi MarimiHome132.282401.49933+235LatviaCarouselThat Night125.833297.92934034AlbaniaJonida MaliqiKtheju tokës122.343491.56235-233SerbiaNevena BozovicKruna121.285338.10236036North MacedoniaTamaraProud120.001441.86737037CroatiaRoko BlaževićThe Dream110.979474.20238038AustriaPAENDALimits104.698417.30839039MoldovaAnna OdobescuStay100.794417.11640+141GeorgiaOto NemsadzeKeep On Going99.967142.98941-140MontenegroD-molHeaven98.722225.330 ( # = current position, +/- changes, LT = position two weeks ago. Numbers taken May 14th, 2019 6 pm CET) Changes? Switzerland is a clear winner of the past two weeks. Luca managed to not just place into the Top 5 (#04) but also jump three spots up in …
XTRA Odds: The sky is the limit for Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke

XTRA Odds: The sky is the limit for Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke

Half of the result of the first semifinal has now been decided. It must be a weird feeling: We’ve been preparing for this for months and months and now the time is here. It’s also the week where bookmakers go berserk with their odds. Expect flying high and sinking low in the upcoming days! 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 Eurovision odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, Azerbaijan are noted as fifth favourites to win. They have odds of 8/1. That means that for every €1 you bet, you win an extra €8 if Chingiz 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 …
The story of Lizzy Howell, one of Bilal Hassani’s dancers in Tel Aviv

The story of Lizzy Howell, one of Bilal Hassani’s dancers in Tel Aviv

Ever since the first rehearsal for France at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, they have received a lot of attention. Odds have gone crazy for Bilal Hassani and he is now a favourite to win the contest. However, a lot of attention is on the performance. Especially for one of their dancers: ballerina Lizzy Howell. Be like the rest All little girls in pre-school were dancing and I wanted to be like them.Lizzy Howell to Brut The girl we see on stage with Bilal Hassani is 18 year old Lizzy Howell. The dancer from Delaware, United States, has a story to tell. Lizzy went viral at the age of 15 when she uploaded a clip of herself doing fouettés, a ballet move, on Instagram. Since that moment, her account there has nearly 200,000 followers. Lizzy started dancing at the age of five and has been battling weight issues for years now. She however decided not to let it get in her way. She doesn’t want to be classified as a plus-size dancer, mainly because she says a dancer is a dancer, no matter their size or appearance. She is right. A career like Lizzy’s won’t come without struggle. …
XTRA Odds: France’s Bilal Hassani enters top three and continues to shorten

XTRA Odds: France’s Bilal Hassani enters top three and continues to shorten

Variety isn’t quite there in the title today and we know that. For the third day in a row, France become the most noteworthy mover in the Eurovision odds. Bilal Hassani is making his way up. Can he actually win? 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 Eurovision odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, Azerbaijan are noted as fifth favourites to win. They have odds of 8/1. That means that for every €1 you bet, you win an extra €8 if Chingiz 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 …
XTRA Odds: Bilal Hassani now fifth favourite as Tamara Todevska climbs

XTRA Odds: Bilal Hassani now fifth favourite as Tamara Todevska climbs

With all semifinalists now having rehearsed twice, the odds are back to where we expect them to be in Eurovision weeks: Countries flying high, sinking low and everything inbetween. At the eighth day of rehearsals, it’s time for your daily update of the Eurovision odds. Here’s XTRA Odds! 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 Eurovision odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, Azerbaijan are noted as fourth favourites to win. They have odds of 8/1. That means that for every €1 you bet, you win an extra €8 if Chingiz 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. …
REVIEW: Bilal Hassani – Kingdom

REVIEW: Bilal Hassani – Kingdom

Bilal Hassani dropped his anticipated first studio album called Kingdom. The 19-year-old singer released his album which contains 14 songs and has a total length of 43 minutes. The album is released under the label Low Wood. Bilal wrote on every song on his first album. He wrote together with Medeline who also wrote on his Eurovision song “Roi”, which is not part of Kingdom. However, Madame Monsieur, who also helped to create the ESC entry for France this year, wrote with Bilal and Medeline on some songs on Kindom. The album kicks off with the best fitting song for that. Welcome to my Kingdom is a 1:18min opening with Bilal welcome the listeners to his Kingdom. It features a great beat, great bass and catchy lyrics who set you right in the mood for what is about to happen! Panic is coming afterward as the first full-length song of the album. Lyrics are a mix of English and French. The track has a unique electric power sound which sounds epic. Please put your headphone in! With the song and the lyrics, you get the exact feeling Bilal wanted to transfer to the audience with this tune. Poison is the …
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