Ahead of the Eurovision 2019 final on Saturday, things aren't looking great for the UK.
But is that really a surprise?
Going into Saturday's show, the UK is significantly more likely to finish last at Eurovision than winning it according to Boylesports.
The UK Eurovision entry 2019 was confirmed in February and singer Michael Rice will be representing us this weekend.
Michael and his song Bigger Than Us, written by Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik and Jonas Thander, will head to Tel Aviv in May after being chosen in the live show.
However the chances of victory for the UK look as remote as ever.
Punters have identified a clear favourite to win this weekend’s Eurovision Song Contest ahead of the first semi-final and they’re backing an Orange takeover of Tel-Aviv.
Two midweek semi-finals will whittle the hopefuls down to 26 finalists who will try to woo the juries during the 64th staging of the event on Saturday evening, and it’s the Netherlands who have dominated the betting so far as they seek their first win since 1975.
Their representative Duncan Laurence has proved a hit on YouTube with his entry ‘Arcade’ and that’s the 9/4 favourite with BoyleSports to be crowned the winner having attracted over 5 million online views.
Sweden, who lie just one victory away from equalling Ireland’s all-time record of 7 wins, are threatening a rewriting of the history books as 4/1 second favourites, but the UK’s chances of a first win since 1997 via Michael Rice’s ‘Bigger Than Us’ look remote at 100/1.
It’s been an even longer wait for Ireland to top the podium and their hopes this year lie on the shoulders of former Voice contestant Sarah McTernan. The County Clare hopeful will need to overcome odds of 150/1 to bring the contest back to the Emerald Isle for the first time since 1996 as she limbers up for her performance in Wednesday evening’s second semi-final.
Lawrence Lyons, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented: “The sponsors rolled out an orange carpet to match their logo this week and that’s looking like an omen at the minute because the Netherlands at 9/4 are all the rage to be crowned Eurovision winners on Saturday night. Their entry is really striking a chord and is proving a very popular choice with our customers.”
He added: “Ireland’s hopes look slim at 150/1 but there’s always a couple of big movers before the off, so we’ll see if Sarah McTernan’s semi-final performance can prompt punters to change their tune.”
Eurovision 2019 odds
Boylesports latest betting
125/1 United Kingdom