There have been one or two casual readers who have just dipped into our coverage of Eurovision 2013 and selected random bets from the many we tipped throughout the pre-selection season, semi-finals and final. Evidently, the bets they chose were losers, hence airing their views across various internet mediums.
Betting on Eurovision is about building a portfolio of investments at decent odds. When we tip a bet, it is based on our opinion of the facts presented before us. That opinion may change if other songs improve over the course of the contest.
In Malmö, I reported live on the rehearsals; sometimes commenting more than once during a single rehearsal. Some people reacted to the first comment, whereas others would wait until the last piece of information before committing their funds. It is down to you how you interpret the information and whether you react by placing a bet or not. The service provided by this website and others is free of charge, yet the same level of detailed information in horse racing would cost a small fortune. Not every tip will be a winner, but at least we’re there gallantly sifting through the value and bravely staking our reputation on the result – not everyone does that!
Here’s just a small sample of our standout tips from the 2012 season:
State of Drama to qualify for final – 13.0
Ralf Gyllenhammar to qualify for final – 3.5
Munther/Ralf qualification double – 3.75
YOHIO to qualify for final – 4.5
Ewald/Stjernberg to qualify to final – 6.5
Ewald to qualify to final – 4.8
Stjernberg to win Melodifestivalen – 50.0
Stjernberg to win jury vote – 15.0
Was brilliantly researched by author Substantshell and a number of combination bets were published for NordicBet amounting to odds of 7.0+
Our frequent commentator, DurhamBorn tipped the winner, Birgit Õigemeel at odds of over 10.0!
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
Emmelie de Forest to win – 5.0
Norway Melodi Grand Prix
Margaret Berger to win – 2.1
Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu
Author ScandieAndy highlighted Krista Siegfrids as the likely winner after consulting his in depth knowledge of all things Scandinavian. Her odds were as high as 6.0.
Eurovision Semi Final 1
Austria not to qualify – 2.4
Belgium to qualify – 3.5 (tipped during jury rehearsal)
Eurovision Semi-Final 2
San Marino not to qualify – 3.5
Denmark to win – 21.0
Ukraine to win e/w – 19.0
Azerbaijan to win e/w – 41.0 (tipped once stage show was unveiled)
Greece top-10 – 2.3
Hungary top-10 – 9.0
Hungary handicap win – 17.0
Eurovision was difficult to call this year due to a number of factors. The running order and new scoring system moved the goalposts yet again, but with one year’s data, we can now go into 2014 in a more confident position.
Our coverage exists of a series of articles publishing opinion with odds, in addition to our comments section. We also run a chat room with live blog during the two weeks of rehearsals and produce a series of pod casts where we invite guests to share their opinions. Going forward, we will try and add live video streaming so you can listen to rehearsals coverage live from the venue.
Any website and coverage ideas would be greatly appreciated. Please suggest them in the comments section below, in addition to any standout tips I may have missed.