The Eurovision Song Contest is back, with over 40 countries battling it out to be crowned the winner of the annual Europop extravaganza. Looking for the best ESC betting odds, favourites, and recommended bookies to bet on this year's edition? We got you covered!
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When is the Eurovision Song Contest 2022?
The ESC will run across three unmissable evenings this year, starting on Tuesday 10 May for the first semi-final then Thursday 12 May for the second.
The Eurovision Grand Final will take place on Saturday 14 May in Turin (Italy).
All live events will start at 8pm UK time.
The live final will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds in Great Britain.
Who is the Favourite to win Eurovision 2022?
At the top of the odds, Ukraine continues to extend its lead as the favourite to win. The rap band Kalush Orchestra is now backable at 4/6 and is heavy tipped to triumph amid the Russian invasion of their country. Calculated winning chances are 49%, hence we expect odds to shortening around 1/2.
Their song “Stefania” is an absolute masterpiece and is exactly the kind of song that deserves the highest possible accolade.
Both Italy and Sweden have dropped back a bit behind Ukraine, while Spain (Chanel) and United Kingdom (Sam Ryder) odds are shortening.
Host nation Italy - with top performers Mahmood and Blanco - is now third favourite, with the Swedish Cornelia Jakobs in fourth.
Since a surprise victory at Benidorm Fest, Chanel has been going from strength to strength. She’s won a massive fanbase after slaying pre-party gigs across Europe.
Other countries expected to do well this year are Poland, Greece, Norway, San Marino, Portugal and Netherlands.
United Kingdom Odds
The UK is now the second favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 following second rehearsals. Sam Ryder with “Space Man” has jumped above last year’s champions and former favourites Italy.
He co-wrote 'Space Man' with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Amy Wadge and Max Wolfgang, who have been involved in projects with Ed Sheeran and BTS.
The United Kingdom has featured at the bottom of the Eurovision standings for the past two edition, coming in last place in 2019 with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us, and James Newman’s Embers scoring “nul points” last year.
Eurovision Betting Odds
Listed below is the bookies’ odds to win Eurovision 2022 with their best odds from various sportsbooks. Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra is the outright favourite to win this year. UK is second favourite, Italy and Sweden follow the front duo.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to watch Eurovision 2022 live?
The Eurovision semi-finals on May 10 and 12 can both be watched live on BBC Three, with Scott Mills and Rylan Clark commentating.
The Eurovision Grand Final will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds from 8pm on Saturday, May 14.
How to bet on the Eurovision Song Contest?
Most of UK's top bookies accept bets on the Eurovision 2022.
We strongly recommend to place bets with the following amazing bookmakers (all licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission).
Due to the simplicity of the competition, you are limited in the types of bets you can make. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a lot of fun and some winning bets.
The most popular wager you can make on the Eurovision competition is placing a a bet on who the winner will be. Additionally, some sites with Eurovision betting odds (including Paddy Power and Betfair Exchange) allow you to bet on who will qualify for the final, how many points will a country score, who will finish bottom, Top 3 Finish, Top 10 Finish, Top Scandinavian, Top Balkan, Top Baltic, Top Nordic, Top Big 5, Jury Vote Winner, and many more.etc..
Which country is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest this year?
This year's contest is taking place in Turin this year, after Italy won in 2021 courtesy of Maneskin's "Zitti e Buoni".
The popular show will be hosted by Italian singer Laura Pausini, Italian TV presenter Alessandro Cattelan and British-Lebanese pop star Mika.
Which countries are automatically qualified for the final?
The UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy do not have to go through the semi-final process and automatically qualify for the Grand Final on Saturday, May 14.