By Josh Powell | Eurovision 2013 betting
The Eurovision Song Contest returns on Saturday for our annual dose of cringe-worthy performances which make us appreciate the stretch of ocean that separates us from everybody else. An estimated 600 million people will spend their Saturday night sat in front of the box watching the continent’s most deluded performers put on a show.
Denmark’s Emmelie De Forest is the runaway favourite, with money coming for Norway, Ukraine and some patriotic dough for Ireland and the UK as well.
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The Danes won the song contest last time it was in Sweden in 2000 and Emmelie De Forest is well fancied to win again, attracting almost a third of all punters money. The shoeless 20-year-old racked up more than 50 per cent of the votes on Danish national TV to get to this stage which is a new record for the country.
Punters don’t really want to know anything about a lot of the other countries taking part, but there have been some decent gambles on Norway and Ukraine.
Norway are three-time winners and boast an impressive record in the competition. They destroyed the opposition in 2009 winning by a margin of 169 points, a record which may never be beaten. They are 13/2 to win this year and will be competing with Denmark for ‘douze points’ from ‘The Viking Empire’ of Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
Ukraine are an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with on the European stage and can still be backed at 4/1. Winners in 2004 and runners-up in 2007 and 2008, Ukraine are arguably the biggest danger to Denmark’s Euro-pop party.
Ireland (33/1) and the UK (33/1) might throw a few points to each other but it probably won’t be enough despite the patriotic pennies coming their way. Ryan Dolan is trying to bring Ireland back to their glory days of Eurovision dominance in the 90’s but his chances are slimmer than the country’s bank balance..
The UK have released Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler on to the Eurovision stage with a soggy love song. If you thought her voice was gravelly 40 years ago, you could probably do your front drive with it nowadays.