In the English betting offices the Eurovision Song Contest is a topic as every year. By now the most of the offices have a result already. On the website www.oddschecker.comyou can see how the summary of all the different offices, those predict a clear winner this year: it’s Sweden followed by Italy, Russia, Serbia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Spain, Iceland, Romania and Germany.
Unlike in former years when the songs were officially revealed on the big night only, nowadays everybody can listen to the songs early in advance. In the internet it’s possible to follow the national selections, download the songs, watch the video clips and buy the CD. The majority of the TV spectators on the final night will not have heard the songs at all.
So all predictions are from fans and journalist, who have been concentrating on the songs for a long time already. Of course they will have another opinion after listened to the songs several times before.
Everything can still change, nobody knows how the singers can cope with the sound in the arena, how does the stage look like with every song? Some songs get strong with the live performances, some get weaker. And remember there have always been surprise winners like “Everybody” by Tanel Pader & Dave Benton from Estonia 2001 or “Fly on the wings of love” by the Olsen Brothers in 2000.