This year is the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The action is heating up for the semi-finals, which will take place on the 9th and 11th May. All the competing nations will battle it out for a place in the Grand Final on Saturday 13th May and you can bet on the outcome right here at Betsson.
This year’s event will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine. This follows Ukraine’s victory last year in Stockholm where the nation won the content with the dramatic 1944 by Jamala. Kievv was announced as Host City in September 2016 after a competitive bidding process. The International Exhibition Centre has an 11,000 capacity and the hi-tech design is set to provide a dramatic sound experience for all attendees.
The theme for the 2017 contest is ‘Celebrate Diversity’. Eurovision executive Jon Ola Sand explained: “The notion of celebrating diversity is at the heart of Eurovision values: it is all-inclusive and all about countries around Europe and beyond, joining together to celebrate our common ground and our unique differences, as well as some great music.” The 2017 contest will be extra special for the United Kingdom, Austria and Denmark, which are all celebrating the 60th anniversary of their first participation in the contest back in 1957.
Returning Nations and Absences
In total, there will be 42 countries competing in this year’s contest with both Romania and Portugal set to return after being absent in 2016. However, there will be a few missing countries this year with Bosnia and Herzegovina withdrawing due to financial problems and Russia announcing its withdrawal after their singer, Yulia Samoylova, was banned by Ukraine after allegedly travelling illegally from Russia to Crimea.
Betting on Eurovision
These latest withdrawals will cause some disruption to the odds available for the semi-finals taking place on 9th and 11th May. However, it is easy to keep on top of all the latest odds by heading to Betsson. Here you can bet on the nations not to qualify, the winner and the last place in each semi-final. You can also place bets on other events, such as which nations will finish in the top 3, the top 10 and the best placed Nordic country.
The 18 countries competing in the first semi-final on 9th May are:
The favourite to win the top qualification spot from the first semi-final is Sweden. The Scandinavians are pinning their hopes on Robin Bengtsson, who will perform I Can’t Go On, written by David Kreuger, Hamed “K-One” Pirouzpanah and Robin Stjernberg. Sweden has an excellent record at Eurovision, having won the competition six times. Other favourites to qualify from the first semi-final include Armenia, Greece, Australia, Portugal and Azerbaijan.
Viewers from the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy can vote for their favourite acts from the first semi-final once all the performances are over. These three nations have automatic places in the Grand Final.
The countries taking part in the second semi-final on 11th May are:
Bulgaria is the current favourite to win the second semi-final. The nation will be represented by Kristian Kostov who will sing his own song, Beautiful Mess. Bulgaria finished in fourth place last year, which was their best finish to date. The other favourites to qualify from the second semi-final are Denmark, Romania, Estonia, Israel and Hungary.
Viewers from France, Germany and Ukraine can vote for their favourite acts from the second semi-final once the performances are over. These three nations automatically qualify for the Grand Final.
The Latest Eurovision Odds at Betsson
Italy is the overall favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with their entry Occidentali’s Karma performed by Francesco Gabbani. Bulgaria is currently a close second favourite, followed by Portugal, Sweden, Armenia and Australia.
You can easily see all the latest betting odds for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at Betsson. It is easy to browse the betting options, make your selection and add your bets to your betting slip. You can bet on the results of the first and second semi-finals of Eurovision and then keep your eyes peeled for the odds for the Grand Final once all the qualifiers have been decided.