UK backed for Eurovision glory despite shock underdog winning public vote

UK backed for Eurovision glory despite shock underdog winning public vote

The United Kindom's odds to win the contest have been slashed in half.

The United Kingdom has been touted to win Eurovision following last night’s decision on who the representative will be – despite picking a massive underdog. 

SuRie, real name Susanna Cork, was crowned the winner of Eurovision You Decide via public and jury vote, despite being 14/1 to be the chosen representative. 

And it’s affected the betting. Those across the UK scrambled to bet patriotically, piling in on the country to go the whole way and win the competition. 

In total, 57% of all bets have been placed on the Royal Academy of Music graduate to capture glory for the nation with her track Storm. 

Following heavy backing from the British public, the UK’s odds have halved from 40/1 into 20/1 in places. 

This year’s competition will take place in Lisbon, after last year’s Portuguese winner Salvador Sorbal cruised to victory with his song Amar Pelos Dois. 

The Grand Final will take place on Saturday (May 12) between 26 nations, with Britain automatically through to the final as a member of the “big five”. 

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: “British Eurovision fans have been waiting since 1997 for another winner and of the UK entries SuRie's dance-pop anthem certainly looks the most promising in that respect. 

“Though not priced among the front runners, it is just the type of song to capture the imagination of Eurovision viewers."
 

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