The odds suggest that neither UK nor Ireland will be winning Eurovision 2013 with Denmark hot favourites to claim this year's singing crown.
Cheesy presenters, cringeworthy performances, outrageous outfits and 70’s throwbacks. Yes, it’s that time of year again when a staggering 600 million people settle down in front of the box to watch Europe battle it out in the all singing, all-dancing Eurovision extravaganza.
Here Paddy Power
previews the top runners, riders and downright cheats ahead of the showdown on May 18th.
Where better to start than our very own Ryan Dolan. At 25/1 things don’t look good, unless of course you’re Michael Noonan who would no doubt be cutting the cheque to bring Eurovision home should he win.
So, at the top of the betting…
Despite being only 20 years old and refusing to wear shoes while she performs, the current runaway favourite is Denmark and Emmelie de Forest. Her upbeat catchy tune, Only Teardrops, won an impressive victory in the Danish national TV final swiping over 50% of the votes – a new record for the country. Emmelie has been heavily backed by the punters and with Malmo being nothing more than a 9 iron from Copenhagen it’s pretty much home advantage.
The 4/1 second favourite is the Ukraine’s Zlata Ognevich with her catchy, cheerful tune Gravity. Zlata is again a pretty young thing which never hurts (just ask 12 points Humperdinck), while the rousing, foot-tapping ballad is actually pretty good and Paddy defies you to try and get through the whole song without adding in your own ‘my gravity’.
Despite being in a very exclusive club managing to finish below Humperdinck last year, Norway has come back with a cracker and enters the betting 8/1 third favourite. The song, ‘I Feed You My Love’ is belted out by a buxom blond and is best described as a ‘proper’ Eurovision reminiscent of a Daft Punk / Metallica love child.
Next up 14/1 Russia who are no doubt keen to go one better than last year where they finished runner up to Sweden. Despite the rather bland song, Dina Garipova has a strong voice and bags of stage presence. Add to that a good dollop of vote rigging and the Russians always tend to do quite well.
18/1 Italy have sent a piano ballad in the form of Marco Mengoni who sings about finding the essential things in life. The only bloke in the top five, Mengoni shot to fame after winning the third series of the Italian X-Factor and is expected to do well.
The Netherlands have had a bit of stinker with the contest recently having made the final only once since 2004 after it switched to the semi-final format. However at 20/1 the Dutch are there or there abouts with a song that ticks plenty of Eurovision boxes: one-word title, soaring ballad, orchestration, pretty girl.
Elsewhere Sweden are 20/1 to do a Ronnie O'Sullivan-esq double and pick up back to back titles.
A Paddy Power spokesperson told Bettingpro:
“Sadly it looks like Ireland will be amongst the chasers again but Eurovision remains a popular market with turnover certain to smash the six figure mark on the night”
25/1 San Marino
Semi Final One Winner
Semi Final Two Winner
10/1 San Marino
Ireland Finishing Position
6/1 1st to 4th
6/1 5th to 8th
6/1 9th to 12th
9/2 13th to 16th
7/4 17th to 20th
15/8 21st or lower