Best in Eastern Europe in Eurovision 2017 Odds
Odds on Eurovision Song Contest 2017: Which country will be best in Eastern Europe?
In 2017 Eurovision’s caravan is back to the Eastern Europe following the success of Ukraine’s Jamala last year in Sweden with the song “1944”. Last time an edition of the European festival was held in this part of Europe was in 2012 when Azerbaijan hosted Loreen’s victory in Baku. This fact is seeming to be a breath of air for the countries situated in this part of Europe as all the countries, expecting Turkey, confirmed their presence and Kiev and taking a look at their entries, they are taking this contest very serious.
As Ukraine is already qualified in the Grand Final, the others are going to fight against each other and with the rest countries for getting one of the 20 remaining tickets to the last evening of the contest. In the first semi-final, Eastern Europe is being represented by Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova and Poland. From them all, Azerbaijan is between the top rated countries with big chances of placing inside the top 10. Dijah and her “Skeletons” is being considered a sure qualifier. Poland, who is enjoying great success since their comeback to the European stage few years ago, had received good vibes at last year’s Eurovision when their act was very liked and voted by the fans all around the Europe, giving the Polish 8th place overall and the 3rd placein the fans ranking. Georgia’s ballad has some political meaning hidden in the lyrics, as had also been revealed during the national final, Moldova brought back the “Epic Saxo-Guy”, while Armenia has made some good impression with the dress which Artsvik wore in the music video.
The second semi-final has 3 presences from the East: Russia, Israel and Belarus, all this contries being stucked into a semi-final with lots of Western European countries. Russia is heading to Ukraine by bringing to the ESC stage a wheelchair singer, for the second time in the history of the competition. “Flame is burning” is what the Russians propose this year and the feedback is incomparable worse than what the Russians were used to in the last few editions. Israel is aiming for the 3rd year in a row to bring the contest to Tel Aviv, as they never forget to mention in the lyrics of their songs in the past years, but Imri’s song has to get through a tough semi-final. Also, Belarus participates in this year’s Eurovision with a song which is expressing energy and happiness all around the stage and all around Europe. Even being the first song in the Belarusian language ever to be played at the European festival, Belarus is not a favorite this year, neither a very competitive contender for qualifying to the Grand Final.
Already qualified to the final and scheduled to sing the 22nd on that night, Ukraine looks to be the favorite to get the higher place from all the Eastern-European countries, taking into consideration that it was proved in ESC history that the later a country enters on stage, the better. Azerbaijan and Russia are Ukraine’s biggest rivals.