The betting odds: Who will qualify in semi-final 2 of Eurovision 2016?
Eric Nocito | On 12, May 2016
Ahead of the live broadcast of the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 and its subsequent qualifying results, let’s take one final look at the betting odds for the semi-final.
Ukraine a guaranteed qualifier
At the very top of the betting for this semi-final is Ukraine with 8/13 betting odds. This song will definitely qualify according to the odds alone, being a betting favorite. Ukraine has qualified every year that they participated since the creation of the semi-finals.
The betting odds for the second semi-final are a little more unsure than the first semi-final with its qualifiers.
Australia is pegged to qualify with 7/2 betting odds. This is the first semi-final for Australia to compete in, so the world will see if they can survive it.
Next up is Bulgaria with 12/1 odds and Serbia with 15/1. Bulgaria has only once before qualified in the contest (2007), while Serbia has qualified every time but two years (2009 and 2013).
From there, it gets a lot more unsure with the betting.
Israel has the next best odds with 16/1 with Belgium right behind them at 18/1 odds. Israel and Belgium each are not sure qualifiers and it truly depends on the year and the song that they send.
Latvia and Poland are next to qualify in the odds with 40/1 odds. Poland has qualified the last two years in the contest, since its return, and Latvia has only qualified in 2015, after a six-year-streak of not qualifying.
The last two countries set to qualify are Belarus and Norway. Norway has a very strong record in Eurovision, qualifying almost every year. Belarus, on the other hand, has a tougher time, and did not qualify in 2015 even.
Who will fail?
The eight countries that are set not to qualify tonight are Denmark, Lithuania, Georgia, Ireland, Albania, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.