Eurovision 2013 | The Value
The annual tackfest that is the Eurovison starts at 8pm tonight and punters are piling into some interesting outsiders to try and knock Denmark off top spot.
Emmelie De Forest is the overwhelming favourite with the barefooted beauty cornering the market with about one third of all bets place.
But you’re not really going to give up three hours of your life for a 4/6 shot so we’ve compiled four bets to keep things interesting – and to make sure your loyalties stay undivided. Almost.
No-ones knows how the petty jealousies and age-old tensions will kick in when voting reaches the business end and expect some blatant ‘homers’ from the Scandanavians.
Put the beers on ice and don’t be surprised if the pizza delivery lines ring engaged as these four best-backed entrants (not including Denmark) for Eurovision 2013 take the stage.
1. Ireland 25/1
The ‘daddy’ of Eurovision winners having won it seven times. But the Emeralsd Isle haven’t won it since 1996 – which may be a good thing. With Dublin’s pubs jammed after the Heineken Cup Final if Ryan Dolan and his topless bodhrán posse break the 17-year hoodoo – it will be worst result for Paddy Power on the night.
2. UK 50/1
The UK’s bettors are less patriotic than their Irish counterparts with Bonnie Tyler only attracting half the number of bets as Ryan Dolan. But at 50/1 they don’t need to lump on for this result to cause some serious head shaking at Power Tower. Tyler’s chasing Britain’s sixth win – but first since 1997 – and could easily finish in the first three at rewarding odds.
3. Belguim 100/1
It’s hard to know where this gamble developed. Belguim are hardly the powerhouses of tack. With just one win in their history and one final appearance in the last eight years they’ve underperformed as badly as the national soccer team in recent competitions. Maybe Roberto Bellarosa – winner of Belguim’s equivalent of The Voice – is a sleeping giant and those on at 300/1 could be in for some Saturday night if he comes out on top.
4. Russia 12/1
The singing grannies Buranovskiye Babushki finished second last year behind Sweden – but the Russians have changed tack and gone for a bit of class over vaudeville this year. Will it work though? Dina Garipova carries the hopes of the Russian nation who can expect plenty of tactical support from a few Eastern allies and the 12/1 looks a decent each-way punt as we near the start time.