Eurovision Song Contest: The Contenders and the Current Odds

The Eurovision Song Contest, a music extravaganza that attracts millions of fans from across the world, is set to take place in Liverpool from May 9 to 13.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Eurovision Song Contest: The Contenders and the Current Odds

The Eurovision Song Contest, a music extravaganza that attracts millions of fans from across the world, is set to take place in Liverpool from May 9 to 13. As the competition draws near, betting enthusiasts are eagerly placing their bets on who they think will take home the trophy this year.

Leading the Pack: Loreen

According to bookmakers, the Swedish singer Loreen, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with her hit song "Euphoria", is the current favorite to win this year's competition with a 45% chance of success.

Loreen, who performed at the 2012 contest in Baku, is well remembered for her meeting with Azerbaijani human rights activists. The singer later spoke to journalists about the daily violations of human rights in Azerbaijan and the importance of bringing such issues to light.

This move was met with opposition from the Azerbaijani government, which stated that the competition should not be politicized and requested the organizers to prevent such incidents. However, Swedish diplomats defended Loreen, stating that her actions did not violate the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Loreen's popularity among the LGBT community skyrocketed in 2017 when she publicly announced her bisexuality. The singer has since become a favorite among her fans and credits them for her success in the music industry.

In Second Place: Finnish Rapper Kaarija

Finland's representative, rapper Kaarija, is currently in second place with a 15% chance of winning the competition, according to bookmakers.

Kaarija released his music independently until 2017 when he signed with Monsp Records and released a double single "Koppi tules"/"Nou roblem", followed by an EP called "Pelia". The rapper's debut album "Fantastista" was recorded in 2020.

Third in Line: Ukrainian Duo Tvorchi

The Ukrainian duo Tvorchi, with the song "Heart of Steel", is in third place with a 6% chance of winning the competition. Singer Andrew Hutsuliak has expressed his determination to present Ukraine in a dignified manner and do his best at the competition.

It is worth mentioning that Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine won first place at last year's Eurovision Song Contest. However, due to the ongoing war, this year's edition could not be held in Ukraine, and Liverpool was selected to host on behalf of Ukraine after Britain's runner-up finish in 2022 thanks to Sam Ryder.

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