Eurovision Song Contest

Once a year the European nations gather together and plonk down on their sofas in front of their TV screens for Eurovision. Although it is met with some derision in the UK, don't be fooled – the prize is hotly contended with nations carefully choosing their representative to have the best chance of winning.

Months of backstage gossip among the rumour mills preceed the final, and everyone has an opinion on who is likely to take the crown – but it is one of the most difficult reality TV show outcomes to predict.

Everyone loves to pick a winner and this site is designed to help you. There's a array of information to contribute to your research, news articles with the latest headlines, as well as an explanation of the Eurovision format

Browse through the raft of information on offer, including past Eurovision winners, to hone your skills at who is most likely to be supported by the Eurovision viewers.

Many millions tune into Eurovision each year which has encouraged bookmakers to offer a number of betting opportunities on the spectacle, so should you want to add to the fun we have all the latest Eurovision odds from leading bookmakers, as well as a step by step guide to placing a bet.

Listen to every song that will feature in Eurovision 2017

 

Albania | Armenia | Australia | Austria | Azerbaijan | Belarus | Belgium | Bulgaria | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Georgia | Greece | HungaryIceland | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | FYR Macedonia | Malta | Moldovia | Montenegro | The Netherlands | Norway | Poland | Portugal | Romania | San Marino | Serbia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Ukraine | United Kingdom

Final odds  Semi-final one odds  Semi-final two odds  

History of the contest

The Eurovision Song Contest first appeared on our screens in 1956 and has been an annual event ever since, rising from just seven countries participating to up to 25 more recenlty.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the body responsible for governing the event and while it has never been regarded with any seriousness in the UK, it draws one of the biggest global TV audiences. Viewing figures have ranged from 100 to 600 million with broadcasting rights bought outside Europe in countries including Argentina, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan. 

With so many places taking part in the contest, betting is big business, with an estimated €300 million expected to be bet on this year's competition over the internet.

The most popular bet is on which country will win and the favourites vary greatly year on year. The United Kingdom was, for example, consistently placed in the top 10 but in recent years the former Eastern Bloc countries have become increasingly popular and often head the betting as Eurovision favourites. Whichever way you choose to place your Eurovision bet, be sure to check out the Eurovision free bet guide to see what offers are available.

New voting policy improves chance of picking winner

For anyone placing a bet on Eurovision there has always been great concern about the tactical voting that appears to go on as a result of countries supporting their economic and political allies.

To combat the negative press reports of previous Eurovision contests concerning block voting, it has been agreed that juries will make a comeback to the contest. A panel from each country will now be voting alongside the public at home.

The executive supervisor of Eurovision, Svante Stockelius said: "Nothing is more democratic than the vote of the public. But a jury takes the opportunity to listen to the songs several times before they make up their minds. We believe a combination will make the show more interesting."

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