Another week closer to knowing who will win Eurovision 2014 and the more money is slowly being placed on what county will win the contest.
A quick look at who is leading in the betting odds and who is climbing up and down in the betting odds.
Still Aram MP3 leads the way in the betting odds. A big test will be the reaction to his first live performance of “Not Alone” this Saturday at the Amsterdam “Eurovision In Concert” event. One of the classic occasions where the first live performance of a song sharply dropped a country’s betting odds was Azerbaijan in 2009. They were joint leaders and then their first live performance on their promotional tour saw them drop. They still finished in 3rd place but a lot of money went elsewhere after that one performance.
Another mover is Azerbaijan that is quietly growing in fan polls and the betting odds. They have displaced Hungary from 5th favourite to win. Azerbaijan always a good bet and again they have a strong ballad from a very likable singer. One to watch.
Denmark still there in 4th place. Have always said that this is a potential home winner and still think they could do the double.
Romania continue to lose ground in the betting odds. Once the betting favourites as they are a returning act to the contest.
Ones to Watch
Am still surprised at how low Malta are in the betting odds. This is a song that should sit very well with both Juries and Public alike. They are currently 22nd favourite to win – highly underrated.
Greece are another country that I think will surprise at Eurovision. Down in 16th place now, this is an instant song that is bound to have the younger demographic voting in their droves. What’s not to like – 3 handsome guys that can sing and have a cracking pop song in a year that is more ballad driven.
Ireland maintain their 17th place that they have done for some time now. With remixes of “Heartbeat” released this may start to move slightly.
Portugal still have not moved off the bottom of the betting odds since it was selected. Personally I cannot see the attraction with the song but some fans give this song a chance of making the Grand Final. As for winning Eurovision it would be a shock result!
Austria’s Conchita Wurst still continues to move steadily up the rankings. The official video for “Rise Like A Phoenix” is well over the 1 million mark and climbing. If this song was being sung by say a Sweden or a Malta or Azerbaijan I would say this would be in the Top 3. If Austria can make it out of the semi final then this song I can see doing better than many predict. I am sure it will have a very “Marmite Effect” with the votes and I can see more liberal countries applauding this song with their votes.
To see the full betting odds click HERE
Where have you placed your bet?
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Odds Checker and Eurovision Ireland