The betting odds: Who will qualify in semi-final 1 of Eurovision 2016?
Eric Nocito | On 10, May 2016
Ahead of the live broadcast of the first 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.
Russia a guaranteed qualifier
At the very top of the betting for this semi-final is Russia with 1/100 betting odds. This song will definitely qualify according to the odds alone, being a betting favorite. Russia has qualified every year since the creation of the semi-finals.
Also with strong odds is Armenia with 1/50. Armenia is almost a sure thing, since it has qualified every single year that they participated, with exception to 2011.
Malta is next in line to qualify with 1/14 betting odds. Malta is not a sure qualifier each year (not qualifying in 2015), but the odds do point to it this year.
Next up is pretty much a four way tie in the odds with Iceland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, and The Netherlands. Each country has strong odds to qualify, but all have different histories with doing so. Iceland, Cyprus, and The Netherlands are never definite qualifiers and it depends on what kind of strong they send. Czech Republic has not qualified for the Grand Final yet once.
Hungary has strong odds at 3/10 and have a good history of qualifying, since they have qualified every year since 2011. Croatia has good odds at 4/9, but they have not qualified for the Grand Final since 2009.
Finally, according to the betting odds, Bosnia & Herzegovina have odds at 4/10, but they have qualified to the Grand Final every single year that they participated, so this is pretty much a sure thing.
Who will fail?
While Azerbaijan and Estonia have good odds to qualify, they are still 11th and 12th in the betting, making them non-qualifiers according to the betting. Also set to not qualify tonight is Moldova, San Marino, Montenegro, Finland, Greece, and Austria.