There are very exciting changes in the odds by the bookmakers lately. From the beginning Italy has been seen as the clear winner by far. Now at the day of the ESC the dark horse Portugal has overtaken Italy! When looking at the table it is important to know that there is no ranking, it’s about the chance of winning. The more people think that Italy is going to win the less money they would get for at the end if it wins. So it’s cleverer to put your money on outsiders and so it’s logical that other countries get stronger.
Generally everything is possible at the ESC and all of a sudden a performance can click like a wave like in 2001, when Estonia suddenly won, even if the country was seen in the middle field by the bookmakers. And on the other side, strong believed countries have been falling.
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About me: My first Eurovision Song Contest I watched behind the walls of the former GDR in 1987. This was even possible at that time! Since then I am following the ESC every year on TV. In 2004 I had the chance to watch it live in Istanbul. Due to the fact that Jens and Bernd have collected many interviews, photos, etc. the idea came up to show all this contest to the public. We founded the website eurovisionlive.com and we have been one of the first to offer the medium internet for the Eurovision Song Contest.