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Eurovision 2008 results - first semi-final winners chosen

Eurovision 2008 results - first semi-final winners chosen The 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.

 Published on 05/20/2008

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