Little chance of Iceland Eurovision win, say bookies

The Ericsson Globe arena in Stockholm, venue of the 2016 ...

The Ericsson Globe arena in Stockholm, venue of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: Wikipedia/Fredrik Posse/Stryngford Photo

If results go according to bookies’ predictions, Iceland can expect to qualify for the final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest by the skin of its teeth.

Oddschecker.com averages out a range of current bookies’ odds for the 2016 Eurovision, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, in May. Iceland is currently given a 66-125/1 chance of winning the contest – putting it in 20th place in the field of 42 competing countries.

Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir, Iceland's representative this year.

Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir, Iceland's representative this year. Photo: Pressphotos.biz

Iceland is competing in Semi Final 1 on Tuesday 10 May, from which ten countries will receive a qualifying place for the final.

The current Oddcheckers.com ranking places nine other Semi Final 1 nations above Iceland, meaning Iceland would qualify – but only just. The big favourite to win Semi Final 1, and possibly the entire contest, is Russia:

Hardcore Eurovision fans have been slightly kinder to the Icelandic entry (Hear Them Calling, by Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir).

The ongoing unofficial voting by Eurovision fan clubs across the continent currently puts Iceland in 16th place.

You can see a re-cap of Iceland’s Semi Final 1 rivals here:

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