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Eurovision Song Contest 2008: Russia and Serbia favorite

Eurovision Song Contest 2008: Russia and Serbia favorite The first Eurovision Semi-Final is just a day away, but the odds makers will take bets on the show until the last minute. For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, two Semi-Finals will be held to decide which 25 countries will be represented in the Final. The first Semi-Final will take place tomorrow. Just as in the United States American Idol is the leader of entertainment betting, in Europe that role is taken by the Eurovision song contest. Looking at the odds offered by the European online bookmaker Bet365, Russia is the top favorite to win the 2008 Eurovision with odds 3/1, followed by Serbia, the host country of this year's Eurovision song contest with odds 5/1.

 Russia will be represented by veteran Dima Bilan, who attracted the world’s attention in May 2006 when he represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens. Much now is riding on the shoulders of Dima Bilian, especially hosting the next Eurovision song contest. But Dima will have to go through the second favorite, represented by Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic. Serbia was the winner of the last Eurovision Song Contest, hence the country is hosting the 2008 edition of the song competition. Jelena has a tough act to follow after Marija Šerifović's victory in Helsinki, but will be hoping she can make it two victories back to back for Serbia with the song Oro. Following Russia and Serbia on the Eurovision song contest odds sheet comes Ukraine at 11/2 and then Armenia at 6/1. Keep in mind that the odds will start changing very frequently as the first Eurovision semi-final nears, lock your bets while you can.

 Published on 05/19/2008

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