Bookies.com preview the betting as Austria host the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest
It’s that time of year again, as eager crowds laden with flags and snacks gather across the continent to cheer on their respective nations’ cheesy songs and novelty acts.
Yup, the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Vienna as Austria attempts to defend the title after champion Conchita Wurst’s sensational victory last year, is back with a bang.
Here, bookies.com bring punters a selection of our top tips to claim the crown.
Sweden – Mans Zelmerlow (“Heroes”)
Five-time champions Sweden certainly have enviable Eurovision pedigree, including ABBA’s success in 1974 with “Waterloo”, and the Scandinavian nation are widely tipped as favourites to reclaim their crown with a catchy effort called “Heroes”, available to back with Boylesports at best-priced odds of 11/5.
Russia – Polina Gagarina (“A Million Vocies”)
“I hope we can start again” sings entrant Polina Gagarina, tasked with restoring restoring Russia’s reputation in the competition, after the country was received poorly with widespread boos in the last edition.
Despite this, Gagarina has emerged as a credible challenger to spring a surprise and finish first, so back her at a fantastic 4/1 with Bet365.
Australia – Guy Sebastian (“Tonight Again”)
Australia may be guests in their first ever Eurovision appearance, but soulful singer Guy Sebastian is certainly taking it seriously.
The Oceania nation (best-priced at 8/1 by BetFred) hope to sway unpredictable European voters with a mix of smooth vocals and a funky, upbeat chorus.
Italy – Il Volo (“Grande Amore”)
Imagine a cheekier Il Divo and you are close to what the slick but slightly silly operatic pop trio Il Volo will offer for Italy’s entry, which is 7/2 with Coral for victory.
Everything sounds better in Italian, and these three good looking guys in suits will hope to convince with a powerful, passionate chorus, and also boast a humorous video homage to famous Hollywood movies.
Norway – Morland and Debrah Scarlett (“A Monster Like Me”)
Norway’s dark and dramatic effort is full of atmosphere, and is a strong song from the Scandinavians, although slow ballads are not always successful, so “A Monster Like Me” is a 25/1 chance with Paddy Power.
Ireland’s 16-year-old songstress Molly Sterling is the Emerald Isle’s antidote to Jedward, with gentle pop piano song “Playing With Numbers”, an outsider at 80/1 to clinch a win with Paddy Power.
Punters can also be patriotic and back the United Kingdom’s electric-swing duo Electro Velvet and their divisive effort “Still in Love With You at 40/1 with Betfred, which earnestly embraces the novelty side to Eurovision.
Top tip: Sweden @ 11/5 to win with Boylesports