Eurovision Odds Latest (after Day 1 of rehearsals)
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest has started. Well not the actual competition, but with the kick off of the rehearsals on Monday 2nd May, it is the first chance to see all the acts on stage and gauge how they will perform on the day.
And day 1 proved quite eventful. It saw a potentially significant move at the top of the Eurovision Song Contest Odds. France who were previously being offered at 3/1 by most bookmakers have come into 9/4 at William Hill and the pre rehearsal favourite Russia going out from 7/4 to 2/1.
It is believed the reason for this move in the betting odds has been partly due to issues during the rehearsals. In particular, at the mid way point of his first run through, Sergey Lazarev, the Russian star and lead singer, fell off a 10 foot high step onto the stage. Much to the consternation of those watching the live feed.
See below Russia singer’s incident during rehearsal of his song ‘You are the Only One’:
Notwithstanding the issues during rehearsal, there has been criticism of the overall staging for the Russia entry. While certainly ambitious and very impressive, it is considered as perhaps over complicated, not successfully connecting to the viewing audience. This is in contrast to some of the other entries which have ticked all the boxes in terms of staging and story telling.
Russia have also come into the contest with rumors of an anti Russia conspiracy which will hurt their chances on the night. Remember 2015 with all the booing of the Russian song which undoubtedly did not help their cause. They came a rather distant second on the night, but it is suggested it could have been so much closer without the anti Russia sentiment.
Taking all that into account, it is looking very possible that come the actual competition starting, Russia will no longer be favourites. Watch this space!
Official Video for Russia Entry to Eurovision Song Contest