We’re still two months from Eurovision 2017 but already the betting is hotting up before the finalists have even taken shape. The countries involved in Eurovision are beginning to select their acts for the song contest in a bid to take the Eurovision 2017 crown in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev on 13th May.
Last year, millions watched Ukrainian act, Jamala take to the stage and secure the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest title, bringing the glitz and glamour of Eurovision back to eastern Europe for 2017.
The bookies’ odds compilers are already hard at work to decide who the early favourites and rank outsiders are likely to be when the finalists embark on Kiev’s International Exhibition Centre.
Let’s take a look at who the bookmakers think are in with a genuine chance of success, the potential dark horses and those who might as well not even turn up!
The Current Favourites For The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest
Italy (Francesco Gabbani)
The 34-year-old singer is regarded as one of Italy’s up-and-coming stars after becoming the first performer to win both the ‘Newcomers’ and ‘Big Artists’ categories at the Sanremo Music Festival. Francesco accepted the offer to represent his country with the song ‘Occidentali’s Karma’ and is already the 6/4 favourite with the likes of Bet365 and Paddy Power.
Sweden (Final – 11th March)
Swedish Eurovision contestants never tend to disappoint and although the nation has not yet selected its entrant for the semi-finals in Ukraine, they have already been installed second favourites at 6/1 with Betfair.
Russia (TBD March)
Given that Ukraine is hosting the event and that Russia came close to winning it last year, Russia is once again considered one of the early favourites at 8/1 with Betfred. Their eastern neighbours tend to vote heavily for Russia which always gives them a chance.
Australia (Isaiah Firebrace)
The winner of last year’s Australian X-Factor, Isaiah Firebrace has been named the Aussies’ contestant for Eurovision 2017. The 17-year-old will be looking to go one better than Dami Im who last year finished runner-up in Australia’s inaugural year in the competition. You can back Firebrace to win at 9/1 with Paddy Power.
Potential Value Bets For Eurovision 2017
A relative newcomer to the industry having signed a contract with Warner Music France last year, Alma released her debut single in June 2016. Given that France is a member of the ‘Big Five’ Eurovision nations, Alma has a direct entry into the final and could be an interesting value bet at 25/1 with William Hill and Betfred.
Denmark (Anja Nissen)
The Danish-Australian winner of the third series of The Voice, Anja Nissen is no stranger to many in the industry having toured with Olly Murs back in 2015. Nissen came runner-up in last year’s Eurovision qualification event in Denmark but has gone one better this time around and should not be ruled out at 33/1 with Bet365, Betfred and Ladbrokes.
Estonia (Koit Toome & Laura Poldvere)
A prominent singer in stage musicals in his native Estonia, Koit Toome is a good fit with Estonian pop and jazz singer, Laura Poldvere, who has already performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 as part of girl group, Suntribe. An each-way bet on Estonia at 25/1 with William Hill could be a savvy move.
Who Not To Put Your Money On For 2017’s Eurovision Song Contest
United Kingdom (Lucie Jones)
Welsh singer, Lucie Jones shot to stardom in series 6 of the X-Factor in 2009 and was selected to represent the UK this year with the song ‘Never Give Up on You’. Unfortunately, the voting for the UK is getting worse by the year and it would be verging on a miracle if Lucie was to enchant Europe to vote for her to win, regardless of how good her live performance is! You can currently get 40/1 with Bet365 but even this price seems a little on the thin side.
Already regarded as one of the rank outsiders at 100/1 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes, Germany has not fared well in recent years. This year’s entrant, Levina, is a rookie to the music industry with her Eurovision song ‘Perfect Life’ her first to hit the charts.
Spain (Manel Navarro)
Manel Navarro was awarded the chance to represent Spain in Eurovision 2017 amid controversial circumstances, with the Spanish judging panel awarding him first place despite finishing third in the general public vote. Manel is already drifting to 100/1 with William Hill and Betfred.
Malta (Claudia Faniello)
29-year-old R&B and soul singer, Claudia Faniello has tried since 2006 to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. Her song ‘Breathlessly’ finally earn’t her a shot this year, but cynics may suggest that the Maltese judging panel may have simply taken pity on her. Bookies are pricing Faniello as another rank outsider at 100/1.