Latest Eurovision odds for the final and who could win 2022 contest
Eurovision is back for another year and this time things are looking a bit different at the bookies.
The backdrop of the conflict in Europe has left Russia expelled from the contest and Ukraine tipped for a top position.
Meanwhile, it looks like the UK entry might just be in with a chance of coming first – or near the top at the very least. Historically, the UK has not been the most popular country at Eurovision, having regularly walked away with zero votes.
However British entry Sam Ryder, who rose to fame on TikTok, has secured the UK’s place near the top of the bookies.
As fans tune into the final on Saturday, 14 May to vote in the contest, here’s who’s tipped to do well.
The latest Eurovision 2022 winner odds suggest the UK might not be too unpopular this year. However, Ukraine is leading the way.
Despite the conflict happening in Europe, Ukraine have managed to fly their entry – Kalush Orchestra – out to Italy for the contest.
The group, who received special permission to leave Ukraine, are currently the favourites to win with their track “Stefania”, which blends hip hop and traditional Ukrainian music.
William Lee Adams of Eurovision fansite Wiwibloggs tells “I think the big wild card is how sympathy for Ukraine will affect the result. A lot of people assume that Ukraine will win because of horrific ongoing war at home. However, it’s not so clear cut.
“If you look back to 1993, Bosnia was at war, the singer had to escape the siege of Sarajevo to make it to the contest, and he finished 16 out of 25.
“Musically it’s an interesting song, very Beastie Boys meet Ukrainian folk rap. I don’t think in normal circumstances it would win. However, this unknown variable of the war could push things in their favour.”
Who is competing in Eurovision 2022?
After two tense heats of semi-finals and two rounds of eliminations, 25 countries remain to battle it out as winner of Eurovision 2022.
Sadly, Ireland, Georgia, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, San Marino, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Latvia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark and Austria were all eliminated over the course of the semi-finals after a combination of jury and public votes were counted.
Here’s a full list of the remaining countries who earned a place on the Eurovision finals, in order of their appearance on the night: