Eurovision Betting 2011
The 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will be the 56th annual edition of Europe’s premier singing competition. The 2011 contest will be hosted in Dusseldorf, Germany after Germany’s Lena Meyer-Landrut won the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with her song “Satellite”.
Again this year’s competition will feature two semi-finals, to be contested on 10 May and 12 May 2011, followed by the final on the evening of 14 May 2011. 43 countries have confirmed that they will be participating in the Eurovision Betting 2011. Austria, Hungary, Italy and San Marino all returning to the competition after varying lengths of absences from the contest.
UK Eurovision Betting 2011
After finishing last in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with Josh Dubovie’s “That Sounds Good To Me” the United Kingdom have turned to former chart toppers Blue in an attempt to resurrect their Eurovision fortunes.
The United Kingdom won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with Sandie Shaw, 1969 with Lulu, 1976 with Brotherhood of Man, 1981 with Bucks Fizz and 1997 with Katrina and the Waves. But have finished last three times in the last decade and have only managed one top ten finish in the last eight years.
Blue will perform the song “I Can” in the Eurovision Betting 2011. It is the first time in UK Eurovision Song Contest history that the entry has been decided internally by the BBC.
And the change of tactic from the UK looks to be having a positive effect on their chances, at least it is in the Eurovision Betting 2011. Having previously been priced at around the 20/1 mark, the UK entry is now priced as short as 6/1 in some places. It seems that punters and bookmakers fancy the chances of Blue's entry this year.
Ireland Eurovision Betting 2011
Ireland will be represented in the Eurovision Betting 2011 by former X-Factor contestants Jedward who will perform the song “Lipstick” written by Dan Priddy, Lars Jensen and Martin Larson.
Ireland have previously won the Eurovision Song Contest on seven occasions. In 1970 with Dana, 1980 and 1987 with Johnny Logan, 1992 with Linda Martin, 1993 with Niamh Kavanagh, 1994 with Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan and 1996 with Eimear Quinn.
As with the UK they have had a disappointing run in the competition of late, finishing in the top 10 just once in the last decade and failing to make the final three times in that same period. The bookmakers quote Ireland at 12/1 in the Eurovision Betting 2011.
Eurovision Betting Markets 2011
The main focus of the Eurovision Betting 2011 centres around the winner market where punters can bet on any one of the original 43 entrants at odds ranging from 6/4 to 500/1.
Other Eurovision Betting 2011 markets include betting on which countries will finish in the top four and top 10, which countries will qualify from each of the semi-finals, whether any nation will get ‘nul points’, match bets between competing nations and may other Eurovision Betting 2011 markets.