No specials betting market is more popular than the Eurovision Song Contest and you've just found the best Eurovision betting guide on the internet!
We've got all the information you need, from the lowdown on the qualification process, to the top bookmakers offering Eurovision bets, tips on how to find the winner, and Eurovision 2021 betting odds.
The Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956. While staying true to its origins as a song contest, it is now also the world’s most-watched television show.
Any country which is a member or associate member of the European Broadcasting Union can take part, which explains the likes of Australia, Azerbaijan and Israel’s participation.
Following national final season at the beginning of each year, songs are generally selected by early March, with the Eurovision semi-finals and final taking place in mid-May.
The contest is settled on scores based on a 50-50 split scoring system from televoters and juries in each participating country.
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Every bookmaker offers ante-post Eurovision betting odds on who will win the contest, with juicy place terms of ¼ the odds for first 4 places offered by the best specials bookmakers.
The semi-finals are also a big betting event. Markets on specials such as top Scandinavian and Ireland finishing position emerge as the final week draws closer. Eurovision is a massive event on online betting exchanges too, with over $23million matched on Betfair annually.
In-running betting is offered by most top bookies and caters to those who may want to get a feel for the contest in any given year, before placing their Eurovision bets on the night.
The popularity of songs with pundits and fans on social media will likely have a major impact on Eurovision betting odds in the lead-up to the contest and during the event.
Note that the odds are subject to change and you might see a huge shift in the odds when the live shows begin. It's also important to go with safe, trusted operators that are fully licensed when reviewing Eurovision betting odds and placing your Eurovision bets.
Malta is among the favourites to win this year's contest, with 18-year-old Destiny providing their entry with the song 'Je Me Casse'.
Destiny won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 with the song 'Not My Soul' and she is a former Britain's Got Talent contestant contestant from 2017.
Gjon’s Tears is singing for Switzerland and has also had plenty of support from Eurovision bettors. Aside from Malta and Switzerland, France, Italy, Bulgaria and Sweden are also among the top contenders to win the crown when you examine the Eurovision 2021 betting odds.
|Top 15 for Eurovision 2021 (odds May 7th, 2021)||Artist||Betting Odds|
|Malta||Destiny||11/4 (26.7% chance)|
|France||Barbara Pravi||4/1 (20% chance)|
|Switzerland||Gjon's Tears||11/2 (15.4% chance)|
|Italy||Maneskin||6/1 (14.3% chance)|
|Bulgaria||Victoria||14/1 (6.7% chance)||Iceland||Daði og Gagnamagnið||16/1 (5.9% chance)|
|Lithuania||The Roop||16/1 (5.9% chance)|
|Sweden||Tusse||22/1 (4.3% chance)|
|Cyprus||Elena Tsagrinou||25/1 (3.8% chance)|
|Norway||TIX||33/1 (2.9% chance)|
|Finland||Blind Channel||33/1 (2.9% chance)|
|San Marino||Senhit||40/1 (2.4% chance)|
|Greece||Stefania||40/1 (2.4% chance)|
|Romania||Roxen||40/1 (2.4% chance)|
|Russia||Manizha||50/1 (2% chance)|
Eurovision betting odds will appear before any songs are finalised, usually around September in the previous year. Perennial contenders such as Sweden, Russia, Australia, Italy and Azerbaijan will be towards the top of the betting before any songs are released.
As national finals take place from December to March, there is a lot of activity in the market and normally two or three front-runners emerge by mid-March. These will be single-figure odds.
When trying to form your own view on the songs, it is helpful to listen to Spotify to get a feel for the sound of them. However, the real work has to be done on YouTube as visuals and live vocals are extremely important as Eurovision is, after all, a live TV show.
It is crucial to compare prices from multiple sites to ensure you get the best Eurovision betting odds possible.
Viewing national final performances and Eurovision Party videos are essential when lining up Eurovision bets, so that you can form a view of the artist and stage show. Eurovision parties are informal and unofficial pre-event concerts held in major cities across Europe, which feature the acts taking part in Eurovision.
The week of the contest is when the betting markets really hot up as stage shows and outfits are revealed for the first time in rehearsals. Massive shifts in Eurovision betting odds can take place the night before semi-finals during dress rehearsals, as juries vote on this contest and not the live TV show.
In-running betting is available during the semi-finals and finals with the major betting firms, but if placing Eurovision bets during the contest, the online betting exchanges offer a much better proposition.
If betting on the semi-final, it is worth noting that results are not released until a few hours after the end of the Grand Final, so as not to prejudice the voting for the final itself.
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|2017||Portugal||Salvador Sobral||Amar Pelos Dois|
|2014||Austria||Conchita Wurst||Rise Like A Phoenix|
|2013||Denmark||Emmelie de Forrest||Only Teardrops|
|2011||Azerbaijan||Ell & Nikki||Running Scared|
Yes - the competition was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic but it's going ahead as planned this May.
The final will take place on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021.
Ireland holds the record for most Eurovision wins with seven, Sweden has won six times, and Luxembourg, France and the UK have won five times each.
41 countries are due to compete in the competition in 2021.
The Big 5 is the group of countries who make the biggest financial contributions to the European Broadcasting Union. The UK, Italy, Germany, France and Spain make up the Big 5 and qualify automatically for the final each year.
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