Eurovision 2023 Odds: 3 Grand Final Selections To Bet On

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Eurovision 2024 Betting Tips:

This year's Eurovision Grand Final is fast approaching, and another 10 nations qualified in Thursday night's controversial Semi-Final Two. 

Armenia, Austria, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland all went through to Saturday night's showpiece, and one nation's heartache was a winning selection for us. 

Our 5/2 pick on betting sites for Belgium to fail to qualify for the Grand Final landed as the country, along with Malta, Albania, San Marino, Czechia and Denmark didn't make it.

Tuesday night's first semi-final saw Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine all qualify.

They are joined by host nation Sweden and the "Big Five" countries - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - but Poland, Iceland, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Australia missed out.

But the second semi-final featured some controversy as Israel sailed through, despite previous protests and calls for them to be banned from the contest.

Controversial Israel In Contention 

While the world's largest live music contest always attracts plenty of joy, host city Malmo has seen protests this year due to Israel's involvement in the competition. 

Israel's song Hurricane, which is performed by Eden Golan, has already had to be altered after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) ruled it was too political, amid claims some of the lyrics referenced the October 7 Hamas attacks on the nation. 

Boos could be heard at Eden's rehearsal on Tuesday, but she carried on and the country easily made it through to the Grand Final following a televote. 

Italy's full voting figures from the second semi-final's televote have since been leaked, and it showed Israel received a staggering 39.31 per cent of the vote, with the Netherlands in second place with 7.32 per cent.

While the Grand Final winner won't be entirely decided on televotes, Israel are clearly a force to be reckoned with in the competition.

I'm happy to have a go at them to win the contest as an each-way bet on Eurovision betting sites

Last year's Eurovision appeared to be a foregone conclusion in the days leading up to the Grand Final with Sweden's Loreen odds-on favourite for days.

After the two semi-finals, Croatia are 6/5 favourites to win this year's competition.

Switzerland appeared to be Croatia's main competition at the beginning of the week, but they have drifted slightly to a best price of 15/2 third favourites. 

I was also considering an each-way go on Netherlands, who were best priced 14/1 with Bet365 a couple of days ago. 

While they are now available at a massive 80/1 to win the contest, the previous hype surrounding them has died down somewhat and it's probably better to swerve them.

Ireland's Outside Chance 

One nation who seem to be trending in the right direction on specials betting sites are Ireland, who are 18/1 to be crowned Eurovision champions for an eighth time. 

Bambie Thug’s striking tune Doomsday Blue is into 7/4 with BoyleSports to finish in the Top 5, from 9/4 with the same bookmaker a couple of days ago, but I still think it's worth a dabble.

Bambie was planning to wear body paint that read “ceasefire” and “freedom”, in support of Gaza, but the EBU deemed it would 'contravene contest rules'.

Ukraine appeared to be one of the big threats to Croatia earlier in the week, but they are now out to a best price of 25/1.

However, both nations seem to be heading in opposite directions. 

Greece are a massive 500/1 to win the contest, but they still look to have a decent chance of finishing in the Top 10.

Represented by Marina Satti, they are 5/4 with Coral to do just that and it was a tight call between them and host nation Sweden, who are 6/5 on betting apps for a top-10 finish on Saturday night. 

Sweden's act, identical twin brothers Marcus and Martinus Gunnarsen, will be hoping for another type of double joy as they aim to clinch Sweden's second successive Eurovision victory on the 50th anniversary of Abba winning the competition for Sweden with 'Waterloo.'

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