Best in Baltic states in Eurovision 2017 Odds
Which country will be best in the Baltic states in Eurovision Song Contest 2017?
In the last 2 editions of the Eurovision Song Contest, 5 out of the 6 Baltic entries which had taken part in the competitions held in Stockholm and Vienna qualified for the final, making even a premiere in the ESC history back in 2015 when all the Baltic countries were in the Grand Final. At the end of the show, Latvia’s Aminata Savadogo led the way in sixth place, with Estonia’s Elina & Stig close behind in seventh and Lithuania’s Monika & Vaidas bringing up the rear in 18th. Last year, the Baltic countries got a top 10 place thanks to Lithuania’s ”I’ve been waiting for this night” by Donny Montell, this country’s presence in the top at the end of the contest being one of the positive surprises. Also in the Grand Final in Stockholm was Latvian Justs with ”Heartbeat”, which was a fan favorite song, placing 15th. Estonia missed the final last year as Juri Pootsmann placed last in the semi-final 1.
This year, all the Baltic countries are heading to Kiev with big hopes. All of them were lucky to be drawn to sing in the second half of their semi-finals: Latvia is going to sing in the first semi-final, while Estonia and Lithuania will sing between the last in the semi-final 2.
At this year’s editions Estonia is coming with the duo Koit Toome& Laura and the song ”Verona”. Hoping to bring back the duo Elina Born and Stig Rasta who placed in the top 10 two years ago in Viena, they won the Super Final of the Eesti Laul with more than 50% of the votes. Their song is inspired from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and their chemistry on the stage is charming. Taking a look at how ESC fans reacted to this song, it is highly probable to be back to the Grand Final.
After not obtaining any qualification to the Grand Final between 2009 and 2014, Latvia placed into the top 15 in both of the last 2 editions and Triana Park with “Line” is aiming to keep this tone going. Being the first Latvian in the last couple of years with no help from Aminata Savadogo, the band has to get through semi-finals without the support of any of the Baltic-sister country. The Electronic rock song is quite unique and it is definitely something different in the dozen of ballads of that semi-final.
Fusedmarc won the marathon national selection in Lithuania with the song ”Rain of evolution”. She was the 2nd favorite during the whole selection but she successfully overcame the main contender and got the tickets to Ukraine. Lithuania is not between the sure qualifiers according to the bookmakers but the country has the ability of capitalize their strengths in Kiev, as they did in the past years.
To resume, Estonia is seen lightly better by the bookmakers at this edition of Eurovision, Latvia is just behind it, while Lithuania struggles with the chances of qualifying to the Grand Final.