results - first semi-final winners chosen
first semi-final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest is over and
the results, 10 countries going to the final were announced.
Going forward to the Eurovision 08 final are the following 10
countries, arranged by order of admission: Greece, Romania,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Russia, Israel, Armenia, Poland
and Norway. At the British online bookmaker
Bet365 Russia remains the top
favorite to win Eurovision 2008 with odds 3/1, represented by
showman Dima Bilan, who had fellow countryman the Olympic figure
skater and gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko as part of his act.
Greece, represented on the Eurovision's first semi-final by
Kalomira came out as a very strong contender and the odds on the
country to win the Eurovision 2008 were rightfully upgraded to
13/2. Ukraine and Serbia now share second best odds to win the
song contest at 5/1.
For the second Eurovision semi-final,
the best odds to qualify for the final are being held by Ukraine
at 1/40, Sweden comes second with odds on going to the finals at
1/14, then Turkey 1/8, Bulgaria 1/5 and Croatia as the fifth
best with odds 1/2. Another ten countries will be chosen to
advance to the Eurovision finals on May 22nd. A quick reminder
that the recent change of the rules of Eurovision Song Contest
now call for two semi-finals and countries which participated in
the first semi-final are not allowed to vote for countries
competing in the second semi-final. Despite the change of the
rules, it seems that the odds makers are betting once again on
an Eurovision final with high participation of countries from
Easter Europe - eight of the top 10 countries with best odds to
win Eurovision this year are from Eastern Europe.