With the jury rehearsal out of the way, we can be a little more certain with our qualification. I have used a traffic light system to denote my current thoughts for each country’s fate. Those in yellow are undecided and my rough notes explain my reservations. I have also highlighted those countries chasing a placed finish in red.
On the back of last night’s jury rehearsal, Denmark are deservedly the main contender for the semi-final and final win.
Russia may fall a bit flat wedged between two uplifting songs. Russia’s televote grip can’t be discounted and What If looks quite polished on TV if not a little pedestrian.
The outstanding value did emerge from Serbia’s Moje 3 at 25/1, but since watching rehearsals, Moldova now joins the queue for a top-3 finish. Moldova’s staging is jaw-droppingly good compared to Serbia’s confusing toytown outfits. Moldova were available at over 30/1 for the semi win, which offers excellent each way value.
Croatia are also capable of sneaking a place with their charming folk song. They should be high with the juries and are also well represented in this semi.
Ireland & Belgium clash, as the they both sound similar and are chasing the same audience and votes. Ireland is the better song and Ryan Dolan’s vocal and charisma are far superior to those of his Belgian counterpart. However, Roberto has upped his game for the second (due to technical issues) jury rehearsal of Love Kills.
Those countries marked as none qualifiers are unlikely to change, so at this point, be encouraged to bet accordingly. Estonia are capable of causing an upset though.
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