How to bet on Eurovision
It’s glitzy, it’s extravagant, it’s way over the top. Over 180 million people adore and watch the Eurovision Song Contest every year with a passion that matches any sporting event. And as singers and bands from nations across Europe (and Australia) gather to perform, there are numerous ways to enjoy the event even more by having a bet on Eurovision.
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Italy will host the 2022 contest after emerging victorious in Rotterdam, however, the exact venue has yet to be specified. Italy has previously hosted the contest twice, in 1965 and 1991, in Naples and Rome respectively.
Eighteen nations will take part in the first semi-final on May, with another 18 performing in the second semi-final two nights later. The top 10 in each will join the Big Five (Italy, Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom) in the final the Saturday of the same week.
Italy - Måneskin
More than 183 million viewers across Europe and beyond tuned in to watch Måneskin triumph for Italy with their song "Zitti e buoni". It was a third win for the Dutch, but their first since 1991.
This is one of the simplest and most popular forms of Eurovision betting. Which song do you think will win?
When you think you have identified the nation with the song most likely to finish top of the voting by national panels and the public, you can bet on that one to win. If you are really serious about finding the winner, the competing songs are available to watch online in the countdown to the contest.
It’s also worth examining voting patterns to see which nations vote most regularly for each other – and which are consistently ignored in the polling.
While it’s tempting to regard Eurovision simply as a musical celebration, there are sometimes socio-political overtones to the voting. All that adds to the intrigue and challenge of trying to pick out the song and performer you believe will end up as this year’s winner.
With 26 nations competing in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, finding the outright winner can be quite a challenge. Especially because part of the fun in Eurovision predictions is working out how the jury and public in each country participating might respond to a particular act.
It can be a sound strategy, therefore, to have an each-way bet on the song or songs you think will finish very high in the polls. An each-way bet means that you back your selection to win but also to be placed – in a field this size, that usually means the top four.
If, in advance of the show, after the semi-finals or during the final itself, you see a song that you think will finish high in the votes but might not win, this is for you.
By investing each-way on the Eurovision odds, you might get a return even if your selection does not finish top .
Voting in the Eurovision Song Contest has become more sophisticated – some might say complicated – in recent years.
Traditionally, each country awarded points on a sliding scale to the performers based on the votes cast by a jury of professional musicians from that nation.
Since 1998, however, that vote has been expanded to include a public poll. And since 2016, each nation has provided two sets of points – one from the jury, the other from the public vote.
This has led to some interesting discrepancies. In 2019, for instance, Norway won the public vote by 30 points but finished only sixth overall.
Your challenge is to identify the song that will resonate most strongly with the people, and not necessarily the professionals.
Most sportsbooks will offer Eurovision odds on this market, which is great if you believe you have found the right song to win the public vote.
Increasing numbers of nations have joined the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years. The most recent addition was Australia in 2015 – which, as you may have noticed, is quite far from being actually located in Europe.
That means it’s not practical for all the competing nations’ artists to perform in a single contest. Since 2004 there has been two semifinals to decide the make-up of the final line-up of 26 performances who sing in the live final.
As well as the host nation and the “Big Five” – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom – who are the biggest financial contributors, there are 20 other nations in the final.
So almost half the semi-finalists will not make it through. If you believe you have identified a song that will make it to the showpiece final, you can find Eurovision betting sites to back your prediction.
There are plenty of ways for you to put money on your Eurovision favorites. Many sportsbooks will offer a variety of markets on the contest. You simply decide what you want to wager on – the winner, the popular vote winner, who will come last – and place your bet.
You have a broad choice of Eurovision betting sites. The best ones offer a broad choice of markets for you to choose from. They also have a good reputation in the betting world and offer a great experience for customers, making it easy to find the bet you want and wager quickly.
Eurovision 2022 will be held in Italy, with both semi-finals and the final being held in one week during the month of May. That will produce a list of 26 nations to go forward to the grand final. Make your Eurovision predictions, settle back and enjoy the live broadcast across Europe and beyond.
A total of 27 different nations have achieved the honor of winning the contest. But when you are assessing the Eurovision odds, bear in mind that Ireland has won it most with seven triumphs – the most recent in 1996. Sweden is in second place with six victories.
Once the singing has finished, it’s time for the voting to start – and the voting is open to the public as well as the professional jury. There will be different ways for you to vote in different countries, and each broadcaster will provide information on the night so you can support your Eurovision favorites.