If you think you’re an expert in making predictions and determining odds in a contest, you must definitely try to make guesses for this contest. It is one of the most happening and sought after music contests in Europe – or rather, the world – Eurovision!
With years of history behind it, and the involvement of many countries, makes it one of the grandest stages of music in history. Before we tell you more about how tough it is to guess the Eurovision 2019 betting odds, let’s look at a bit of history.
Starting off as a measure to bring peace within the European nations post World War II, Eurovision has grown into a mammoth movement today! The first event happened in Switzerland in 1956, which was also won by the host country. With 10 countries participating in the inaugural year, the number has risen to 41 countries in 2019, including countries that are not even part of the European region. Each country sends in their artists, who will battle it out with the whole of Europe.
The 2019 Eurovision will happen in Tel Aviv, Israel this May. The event includes two semi-finals on the 14th and 16th of May, while the finals will happen on the 18th of May.
The most interesting part of this iconic contest is the way voting happens! Back in the day, only a jury decided who the winners were but things got interesting when the voting was open to the whole of Europe where people could just dial in and cast their vote. Each country awards two sets of points from 1-8 and 10 and 12 – one from their official jury and one from the televoting.
What makes it even more exciting is the fact that you can never vote for your own country – fostering a sense of brotherhood maybe? Well, whatever the reason maybe, it surely makes things all the more complex and the strategic alliances with neighboring countries become crucial – and boy do they take it seriously.
Five countries have the privilege of qualifying for the finals automatically, owing to the fact that they contribute financially in a huge way. These countries are France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK. The winner of the previous year also automatically qualifies for the finals of the current year.
While you find your way to determine the odds for Eurovision 2019, let’s take a look at the 6 tracks that you must look out for!
1. D Mol – “Heaven” | Montenegro
2. Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – “Look Away” | Finland
3. Chingiz – “Truth” | Azerbaijan
4. Sarah McTernan – “22” | Ireland
5. Duncan Laurence – “Arcade” | Netherlands
6. Ester Peony – “On A Sunday” | Romania
We can’t wait to see what happens this year. Did you make your guesses yet? Let us know who you think will make the cut this year and host Eurovision 2020!