UK Eurovision Odds 2024: Betting Preview
.Check out the United Kingdom’s Eurovision betting odds as we preview their chances of ending a 27-year wait for Eurovision glory.
It’s 27 years since British Rock Band Katrina and the Waves won the Eurovision Song Contest with their song Love Shine a Light. Despite a runner-up finish in 2022 with Sam Ryder (their best finish since 1998). However, the UK had a disappointing 25th (second last) finish last year only coming ahead of Germany which has prompted a supposed huge effort to reverse their fortunes in 2024.
Will this be the year that the United Kingdom finally wins the Eurovision again? Find out about the UK, betting odds and song ahead of Eurovision 2024 below.
United Kingdom Eurovision Betting Odds
The United Kingdom are 7/1 to win Eurovision 2024 according to the latest Eurovision odds at BoyleSports. Those odds suggest they have a 12.5% chance of winning Eurovision 2024.
Interestingly, it should be noted per OddsChecker an identical 12.5% of bets taken on the event so far have been for the UK.
Who Will Represent the United Kingdom in Eurovision 2024?
The UK have gone strong this year looking for success, enlisting the singing talents of former Years & Years singer Olly Alexander who has featured on hits like “King”, “Sweet Talker” and “Play”.
In advance of the contest Olly along with the BBC have come out with some bold statements that say they’re to win Eurovision 2024 with a commercial song that will reach #1 in the charts.
What Is the United Kingdom’s Eurovision Song?
The song has yet to be released, but the song contest, co-written with Danny L Harle, will be revealed early in 2024; Alexander described it as “electronic” and “something you can dance to”.
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Eurovision Betting Favourites In 2024
The favourite for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest is Ukraine at odds of 9/4. Those odds suggest the country has a 30.8% chance of winning Eurovision 2024.
Ukraine despite being a relative newcomer to the Eurovision stage when compared with the UK and Sweden they have performed consistently on the stage since winning the contest in 2004, 2016 and 2022 with Wild Dances” by Ruslana, 2016 “1944” by Jamala, and in 2022 with “Stefania” by Kalush Orchestra, becoming the 1st country in the 21st century and the 1st Eastern European country to win the contest 3 times.
Ukraine is set to participate in the 2024 Contest with “Teresa & Maria” performed by Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil following the song’s victory in their national final Vidbir 2024.
The second favourite for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest is Italy at odds of 13/1. Those odds suggest the country has an 13.3% chance of winning Eurovision 2024.
Italy has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 48 times since making its debut as one of only seven countries to compete at the first contest in 1956, which took inspiration from the Sanremo Music Festival. Their most recent success came in 2021 with Måneskin singing “Zitti e buoni”
Their selection for 2024 has yet to be announced, but punters are expecting another big effort at the Contest come May.
United Kingdom 7/1
The third favourite for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest is the United Kingdom at odds of 7/1 . Those odds suggest the country has a 12.5% chance of winning Eurovision 2024.
The UK have gone strong this year looking for success, enlisting the singing talents of former Years & Years singer Olly Alexander who assisted by the BBC has come out with some bold statements that say they’re to win Eurovision 2024 with a commercial song that will reach #1 in the charts.
Sweden made a similar big play last season bringing back Loreen which resulted in success, could it be an omen for the first UK victory since 1997?
How Many Times Did the United Kingdom Win The Eurovision?
The United Kingdom has won the Eurovision 5 times having taken part in the contest 65 times since 1957 and every year since 1959.
Their first victory in the contest came ten years after their first appearance in 1967 with Sandie Shaw singing “Puppet on a String”. Their second victory would come in 1969 when Lulu sang “Boom Bang-a-Bang”.
Their third success at the event came with the Pop Group Brotherhood of Man who sang the song titled “Save Your Kisses for Me” in 1976 and their fourth success would also come from a British Pop Group this time Bucks Fizz with their hit “Making Your Mind Up” in 1981.
Despite being consistent performers throughout the 1980s and 1990s where they regularly placed at the top of the leaderboard including being runners-up in 1988, 1989, 1992 and 1993 they did not win their fifth and most recent success until 1997 with Katrina and The Waves hit Love Shine a Light. Could the 27-year wait be finally over?
Those victories mean the UK is one of only 3 countries with Eurovision victories in 4 different decades along with Sweden and the Netherlands. Their total of 5 victories is level with France, Luxembourg and The Netherlands behind only Ireland and Sweden (both on 7)
Which Semi-Final Are The United Kingdom Competing In At Eurovision 2024?
The UK is also considered one of the “Big Five” countries, along with France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who automatically qualify for the final each year due to them being the biggest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Instead, the UK will go straight through to the final on May 13th.
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