Sweden stormed to victory last year in Vienna and it is soon about time to choose the successor: 43 countries, 43 songs, one winner. Who will walk away with the microphone-shaped trophy at the Grand final on 14 May?
Eurovision 2016: Top Contestants
|Country||Singer||Song Title||Odds*||Implied Probability|
|Russia||Sergey Lazarev||You are the only one||2.92||34.25%|
|Sweden||Frans||If I were sorry||13.78||7.26%|
|Australia||Dami In||Sound of silence||11.34||8.8%|
|Malta||Ira Losco||Walk on Water||15.99||6.2%|
The new voting system
The Eurovision Song Contest is taking a new path this year, with the voting rules totally revamped in an attempt to break down the political voting. The biggest change since 1975 includes compiling votes in a two-fold way.
The jury of every country will be the first to cast their vote, followed by those from public voters. Both the jury and the viewers will have the chance to award a set of points from one to eight and then ten and twelve for each of the top 10 places.
Voting points for Top 10 positions
|Position||Number of points|
The new method puts the power back to the hands of the public, with the song that will be favoured by tele-voters guaranteed to receive 12 points, irrespective of the jury’s score.
With twice as many points being awarded, the likelihood of a country ending up with the zero points is now diminished.
The new voting method puts the power back to the hands of the public, with the song that will be favoured by televoters guaranteed to receive 12 points, irrespective of the jury’s score.
Another major breakthrough involves the announcing of the final results. In the past years, the country-by-country presentation of the voting results often ended in winners celebrating their victory before the end of the voting process.
With the results being combined and announced only at the end of the competition for the first time this year, a new level of excitement is expected into the finish of the contest.
Meet the favourites
It’s not surprising to see Russia towards the top of the odds, but the fact that the Russian superstar Sergey Lazarev with ‘You are the Only One” has been consistent in leading the Pinnacle Sport’s odds since opening – currently at 2.92* is a clear indication of the positive reaction Eurovision bettors are showing towards the Russian superstar.
The big winner in the Pinnacle Sport’s odds has proven to be France with J'ai cherche. After shortening from 13. 00 to 5.55*, the market is showing strong confidence in the second favourite Eurovision winner.
At 13.78* at the time of writing, Fran’s “If I Were Sorry” is not only Sweden’s entry for this year’s Eurovision, but also the fourth strongest candidate to win the Eurovision contest again.
Eurovision 2016 odds movement
|Country||Opening odds (29th March)||Current odds*|
Will Russia live up to the hype? Can Frans do the double for the hosting Scandinavian country or are we up for a surprise win this year? That’s down to the bettors to decide!
Get the best 2016 Eurovision Song Contest odds online at Pinnacle.
*Odds subject to change