Published Published: September 2, 2019 Updated Updated: September 2, 2019

Eurovision

Everyone from Europe has no doubt watched and experienced the flamboyant fun of the Eurovision song contest. Some love it, some hate it. However, regardless of what your views on the music contest are, if you like betting then you will see an opportunity to win money by betting on Eurovision.

While the contest has been around for a while, it is only over the last few years with the rise of online betting sites that Eurovision betting has taken off and become a bigger part of the average bettor’s repertoire and a regular fixture at online betting venues. As such, if you hadn’t ever considered the possibility of placing a bet on Eurovision, then perhaps you should as it provides you with another window of opportunity to make yourself some cash funds.

This guide to betting on Eurovision should help you along the way to your first year to placing Eurovision bets.

About Eurovision

Eurovision, or the Eurovision Song Contest as it is properly known, is an annual singing contest between all the nations within Europe, as well as for reasons few understand, Australia and Israel. Perhaps more puzzling though is the length show has been running, and this year saw its 64th contest.

The concept though is very simple, each nation nominates a singer, singers or a group, to represent them at the competition. The chosen act then participates in the semi-finals of the competition where more than 50 eligible countries can participate. The top 26 of these then go onto the finals which are broadcast across the world.

During this 3-4-hour show, all the other participating countries have a selection of points they can distribute to any of the other nations participating. As the night goes on and these numbers increase, a winner is revealed who takes home the title for that year and their nation will host the contest a year hence.

The most recent competition was held in June 2019. A total of 41 countries took part, with 26 in the finals which were hosted in Israel, 2018’s winners. The winner, in the end, was The Netherlands, in fairly controversial fashion. Although they finished 3rd with the juries and 2nd with the televoting, they won with the most overall votes. Beating North Macedonia and Norway who were favoured in these two elements of the vote. The winning act was Duncan Laurence.

What can you bet on?

Naturally, due to the nature of the competition, there are loads of different ways by which you can bet on Eurovision. Of course, there are many different elements to bet on. The semi-finals would be the first place to start as you will be able to bet on who will qualify to get on the live show. Before you begin betting on the Eurovision show proper.

Of course, the most common bet who will be the winner, as well who will finish in the top 3. As there are three elements to winning the competition, the jury vote, the public vote and the overall winner, there are three different winners to pick in the competition.

However, unlike a lot of other competitions, what tends to be more fruitful ground for Eurovision bets are the losers of the competition. This is because this is generally more predictable as there are a lot of common trends for the losers, as the show tends to veer away from a talent show and is a very political affair in many ways. This we will discuss in more detail later in this article.  

This brings us on to another popular option for Eurovision betting, who will vote for who. As each nation picks other nations for their votes, you can bet on which the country a selected country may give their votes to and how many points they will award them.  

These are the most common Eurovision bets, but you will find an abundance of different ones on offer too, depending on the year and the circumstances that might surround the event.

Understanding Eurovision Betting Odds

Eurovision betting odds are fairly straightforward to understand as they resemble any other event you might bet on. However, one thing that might strike you as odd though is why some nations have awful Eurovision betting odds from the get-go before even the semi-finals. The UK, for example, is the prime example of this. As mentioned, the competition has political overtones and due to a checkered history, the UK nearly always come last in modern competitions irrelevant of the act they put forward. As such, they will generally always begin with 100/1 odds or even worse. On the flipside, Scandinavian countries usually have generally good odds from the get-go before any of the competitions have begun as they generally have a good track record at the Eurovision contests.

When is the best time to bet on Eurovision?

One of the best times to bet on Eurovision is directly after the semi-finals of the competition as this gives a massive insight into who are the acts to wager on based on their initial responses in the qualifying stage. A good example of this was the Eurovision betting odds in 2019. The Netherlands were favourites after the semis and sure enough, they went on to win, with a similar thing happening the year before.

The second-best option is Eurovision live betting, where you bet while the show unfolds. Of course, this will see the Eurovision betting odds change significantly over time. As such, getting involved as early as possible is very important in Eurovision betting, particularly if you are betting on the top 5 or bottom 5, as these become clear very quickly most years.

Betting tips

One of the key things to remember about betting is that you should practically never bet on the Big 5 to win. The Big 5 are made up of France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy and get automatic qualification every year, but also never win.

While, historically, they have a good track record, with France and the United Kingdom having joint-third most wins with 5, and Spain and Germany having the most runners up, in the modern competition, they have not fared so well at all. In fact, only Germany has won from the Big 5 since 2000. With the Big 5 also regularly coming close to the bottom. A solid bet every single year would be for The United Kingdom to come last, or at least close, as this nearly always happens, alongside Germany.

The countries that are always worth a bet, even if you haven’t watched a single second of the acts are Scandinavian countries, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. These have a good track record in the modern contest, particularly Sweden, who have 6 wins, while the other two have three apiece. Last year, both Sweden and Norway were also hotly contesting the top spot, with the latter winning the public vote and the former coming second from the juries’. Another good pick is Israel who hold a solid record of 4 wins, including recently in 2018.

Which brings us on to the second important betting element, bet on multiple winners. By this, we don’t just mean bet on more than one country to win, but if the country has good Eurovision betting odds, then bet on them to win the juries vote, the public vote and the overall vote all at once. Likely, at least one will come home.

History of Eurovision

Over the 64 years history of the competition, it has varied greatly and has seen massive expansion. More than 52 countries can now participate in the competition, but in the beginning, in 1956 there were just 7, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland.

Over time, this has gradually been added to and is a reflection somewhat of the history of Europe overall. For example, Serbia and Montenegro joining together in 2004, then separately in 2007 as each became independent, not to mention Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia all joining in 1994 after the end of the Soviet Union. The most recent admission to the competition is actually a country outside Europe, Australia, who joined the competition in 2015, becoming the most recent entrant since 2008 when Azerbaijan and San Marino joined.

Out of around 50 eligible counties, 27 have won the competition and 24 have participated but never won, which is a massive testament to the diversity of the winners of the competition. With this diversity in winners, it is likely why the competition has become a favourite for bettors as while you can make reasonable guesses based on performances, political allegiances and past performances for the most part, it is unpredictable each year.

Most successful

Over the course of the competition, Ireland have proven the most successful, with 7 wins. They are then followed by Sweden with 6. France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are 3rd with 5 wins, with Israel 4th with 4. While Denmark and Norway are joint-5th most successful with 3 wins each.

Summary

With all this considered, whether you love the Eurovision or hate it, you should now know that there is a lot of money to be made betting on the Eurovision Song Contest. As well as this, you should also have the information you need as a jump-off point to getting success with your betting even if you are a newbie to Eurovision betting. However, you may have a while yet to wait for the next competition which gives you plenty of time to brush up on your Eurovision knowledge and find a great betting site for it so that when it comes around again, you will bet effectively.

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