There is less than one month before the start of Eurovision 2014 and the betting on who the winner will be this year has already started.
The Eurovision Song Contest is a song competition, which takes place among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union that started back in 1956.
The major concept is that each member country puts forward one song to be performed on live TV and radio shows, then voters vote for the other countries’ songs and eventually determine which the most popular song of the year is.
Eurovision was broadcasted every year since its first show, which makes it one of the longest-running TV programs. It is as well one of the most-watched events that are not sports related, reporting audience between 100-600 million people in the last couple of years.
2014 Eurovision details
This year’s Eurovision final will be the 59th annual contest and it will happen on 10 May, hosted by Graham Norton.
The 2014 Eurovision contest is going to be in May and bettors are currently placing their wagers on the potential winner
• The first Eurovision contest was in 1956
• 37 countries are participating
• 6 countries go to the final automatically
The competition will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, after the win of the Danish singer Emmelie de Forest with the song “Only Teardrops” last year.
It is interesting that the show in May will be just 25 miles away from the competition last year, which was in Malmo.
The grand final will be broadcast on BBC One in the UK and this year British fans and bettors are hoping they will have the hit song and will make it into the gambling news with huge betting wins.
Molly Smitten-Downes is the UK singer at the 2014 Eurovision stage and her fellow country men and women are counting on her success, hoping that she will collect good amount of votes.
The rules of Eurovision allow for the six countries, which give the most money to the contest, to participate in the grand final automatically.
One of these six countries is the winner from the previous year, Denmark in this year’s case, which is given an automatic pass in addition to the “big five” – UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
There are two semi-finals, before the exciting final, which will take place on 6 and 8 May.
From all participating 37 countries, 20 will reach the final day, along with the six automatically placed countries.
The current odds about the 2014 Eurovision winner, given by bookies, which operate under UK gambling laws, are:
1. Armenia – 1/1
2. Sweden – 10/3
3. Norway – 7/1
4. Denmark – 9/1
5. Ukraine – 16/1
6. Hungary – 14/1
7. Azerbaijan – 14/1
8. United Kingdom – 14/1
9. Romania – 14/1
10. Italy – 50/1
Molly Smitten-Downes – the UK hope
All Britain is waiting to see how will Molly perform at Eurovision and hope she will improve the country’s positions in the last years.
She is 26 years old and comes from Leicestershire. She had a top 10 hit in 2008 when she sang on Sash’s “Raindrops” and also won the best Urban/Pop category at the Live and Unsigned contest in 2012.
Molly was also part of the Swedish DJ Basshunter’s 2009 album Bass Generation and won best song at Best of British Unsigned Music Awards 2013.