Eurovision 2019 favourites are starting to emerge after the first of two semi-finals aired earlier in the week. The Netherlands, Sweden and Australia are among the current favourites to win Eurovision 2019, which will air on Saturday, May 18 on BBC One. The United Kingdom, meanwhile, are a Eurovision longshot at 150/1 according to the latest odds.
Who will win Eurovision 2019?
Bookies Coral and Betway both have The Netherlands as hot favourites for Eurovision 2019 glory.
The latter has Duncan Laurence’s Arcade at 13/8, while the former has the country at 7/4 for their fifth victory in the song contest.
Alan Alger of Betway said: “Tuesday night’s first of the two semi-finals didn’t shake up the betting too much and, if anything, convinced punters to get even further behind favourites Netherlands.
“The Dutch are all the rage heading into this weekend’s final and are now no bigger than 13/8 having started the week at 2/1.”
WILL AUSTRALIA WIN EUROVISION 2019?
Arcade will be performed tonight (Thursday, May 16) as part of the second Eurovision semi-final, which starts at 8pm on BBC Four.
The favourite from the first semi-final, which aired on Tuesday, meanwhile, is Australia.
Zero Gravity by Kate Miller-Heidke has received a flurry of bets since Tuesday according to the bookies.
This would be the country’s first win since they joined the competition as part of the show’s 60th anniversary in 2015.
WILL MADONNA PERFORM ON EUROVISION 2019?
Harry Aitkenhead of Coral said: “Australia were the big winners of the first night of Eurovision 2019 and after sailing through their semi-final we’ve slashed the odds on them going all the way and winning the contest.
“They’re now just 7/1 in the betting and have shot up to third favourites.”
Another performance to watch out for tonight is Sweden, who are current second favourites at 5/1 with Too Late for Love by John Lundvik.
This would make Eurovision history, as it would mean the Swedes match Ireland as the most successful Eurovision competitors with seven victories.
WHY ARE THE EUROVISION BIG 5 NOT IN THE SEMI-FINALS?
The United Kingdom is still the joint third most successful Eurovision country of all time, with wins for Sandie Shaw, Lulu, Brotherhood of Man, Bucks Fizz and Katrina and the Waves.
However, Michael Rice is unlikely to join them as the Eurovision 2019 winner with Bigger than Us currently a 150/1 long shot to win the top prize on Saturday according to Betway.
All-time successes Ireland, however, are predicted to be even less successful than the UK, with odds of 200/1 for Sarah McTernan’s 22.
Eurovision fans, however, will have to tune in tonight and on Saturday to find out whether any of the favourites have what it takes to win the song contest.
The Eurovision 2019 grand final airs on Saturday on BBC One