Sergey Lazarev

With two months to go until the Eurovision Song Contest a consensus is building over the likely winners. Ladbrokes, among other bookmakers, has the Russian entry favourite at 3/1, with Sweden second at 6/1 and Italy third at 7/1.

Sergey Lazarev will be representing Russia for the second time, having come third in 2016 with the spectacularly staged “You Are the Only One”. Expectations are high that he can go even further in Tel Aviv this May.

The Italian entry has slipped from the favourite position as media reports suggested that “Soldi”, the winner of the Sanremo music festival, might not go forward to Eurovision. Its singer Mahmood has since confirmed that he will be appearing.

“UK… nul points”

Michael Rice, an alumnus of talent shows All Together Now and The X Factor will be representing the UK in the world’s biggest singing competition. The 21 year old will be hoping to do better than recent British entrants, who have finished in 24th place three times in the last four years.

Unfortunately, bookmakers are not confident about his chances. Ladbrokes has a win by Rice priced at 50/1, equal with Slovenia and Poland, with a last-placed finish priced at 5/1.