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Italy still leading the pack as Kyiv lineup nears completion
With over two thirds of the entries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 now in the public domain, the betting markets are beginning to identify the potential frontrunners – with Italy’s Francesco Gabbani still the overwhelming favourite for victory.
Gabbani’s San Remo winner ‘Occidentali’s Karma‘ has now clocked up over 50 million views on Youtube, in addition to topping the charts for several weeks in his home country. Should he win, he would deliver Italy their first victory since 1990, and their third in total.
Second in the betting at time of writing are Belgium. Their internally-selected ‘City Lights‘ by Blanche is a thoroughly modern, chart-friendly dance track that saw the Benelux nation’s odds slashed within hours of its release this week. Belgium have won the Contest just once before, with Sandra Kim in 1988.
The rest of the top five according to the bookmakers are countries that have yet to confirm their entries. Sweden are currently in third ahead of their national final this Saturday. Russia’s strong form in recent years sees them sitting in fourth, while Serbia are up to fifth on the strength of a short instrumental snippet and the songwriting team behind Bulgaria’s 2016 entry If Love Was a Crime.
At the other end of the betting leaderboard, Slovenia, Albania and Montenegro currently have the least-fancied entries, although Montenegro have yet to publish and Albania are expected to present a radically revamped version of their entry before Kyiv, as has become tradition. United Kingdom currently sit square in the middle of the pack with odds of around 50/1.
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