This year is the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and it will travel to Tel Aviv, Israel. It is an international song competition between mainly the European Broadcasting Nations but has also welcomed entries from other nations including Australia, who have been invited as a guest since 2015. If you want to know more about the contest, the betting odds and how the voting mechanism works, keep on reading.
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by Israel following their victory last year. Israel will host Eurovision for the third time. The host city is Tel Aviv and the contest will take place at the Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center). A total of 42 countries will participate this year. When compared to this years contest, Bulgaria is the only country that has withdrawn for the next edition.
The first Semi-Final will be held on Tuesday, 14th of May, the second Semi-Final on Thursday, 16th of May and the Grand Final will take place on Saturday, 18th of May. In both semi finals there will be 18 participating nations, of which the 10 best countries will advance to the grand final. In this final the host country Israel and the so-called ‘Big Five’ countries – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom – are traditionally pre-qualified.
The slogan for this year is ‘’Dare to Dream’’’. Eurovision boss Jon Ola Sand said the slogan “represents and symbolises everything that the Eurovision Song Contest is about. It’s about inclusion. It’s about diversity. It’s about unity.” The logo consists out of a star, made up of three overlapping triangles, to match the slogan.
What are the Eurovision 2019 odds? According to Eurovisionworld.com this is the top 3 at the moment: the Netherlands first, Russia second and Switzerland third. The odds are collected from bookmakers that have odds on Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Although the Netherlands is first in the top 3 at the moment, Russia is the favourite to win. The song will be performed by Sergey Lazarev, and this will be the second time for him to perform at the event. Lazarev finished third in 2016 with the song ‘You Are the Only One’ and is returning in the hope to go two places better in 2019. The bookmakers certainly believe his previous experience will pay off. The Netherlands is second favourite to win. Duncan Laurence’s song ‘’Arcade’’ has been very popular. The pared-back and thoroughly contemporary ballad has won fans for its visceral quality and highly artistic music video. On the third place is Switzerland with Luca Hänni – “She Got Me”. Swiss singer Luca Hänni has been internally selected to represent Switzerland. It’s recommended to have a look at the story and song of every country if you’re going to bet. All of this is summed up in this clear overview of all the contestants.
How does the voting at the Eurovision Song Contest work? Each participating country has a professional jury whose job it is to rank its top 10 performances. Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. The results of the Eurovision Song Contest have been decided by 50% televote and 50% jury voting since the Final of Eurovision 2009. This system is meant to limit the impacts of diaspora’s voting in countries and limit the effect of “neighbourly voting” which caused a large number of complaints during the late 2000s.
Which country will win Eurovision Song Contest 2019? So far the Netherlands is the winner according to the bookmakers. But it’s unlikely that it will stay that way. In competitions like this one favourites change very often so it is hard to say for now who will actually win.