May 2, the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest music competition is hosted in Portugal. In this entry you will find outright winner odds for 15 countries in the competition. Click on the odds box from Paf to place a bet (search for “Eurovision” on their odds page to find the correct section). Israel are favorites, while Sweden’s contribution, Benjamin Ingrosso’s “Dance you off” is ranked four and played to 9 times the stake. Last time Sweden won the Eurovision was in 2015 when Måns Zelmerlöw participated with the song “Heroes”.
Who will win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018?
This year’s Eurovision is taking place in Portugal, which made its first win ever in 2017. Thus they broke the longest segeless suite in the competition’s history: 53 years! The winner was Salvador Sobral with his “Amar Pelos Dois” (eng: Loving For Both of Us). Looking back on historical results since 1956, Ireland has won the competition most times, 7. Their last win was as far back as 1996 though. Sweden is second in total wins with 6 victories. If we take a look at the last positions, Nordic countries are in the top there: Norway has 11 last places in Eurovision, followed by Finland with 9. Sweden has finished last two times: 1963 (Monica Zetterlund: “En gång i Stockholm”) and 1977 (Forbes: “Beatles”).
Countries with the highest number of wins in total:
Country, number, year
Ireland, 7, 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996
Sweden, 6, 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015
United Kingdom, 5, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1997
Luxembourg, 5, 1961, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1983
France, 5, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1977
It is noteworthy that the French-speaking countries dominated the Eurovision Song Contest’s young years. Abba’s Waterloo from 1974 is considered one of the best contributions of Eurovision throughout the ages (see, for example, this Youtube video). In 1984, Herrey’s succeeded in winning with a contribution in the Swedish language: “Diggi-Loo, Diggi-Ley”. After that, we had to wait until 1991 when Carola won with “Fångad av en Stormvind”. Carola also participated in the 1983 Eurovision with the song “Främling”. The Swedish Eurovision Millennium / Century ended in the best possible way with a win for Charlotte Nilsson’s “Take Me To Your Heaven”.
Last year, Portugal beat Sweden’s record in a number of 12-points when the songs were judged: Portugal got 30 as opposed to Sweden (Loreen, “Euphoria”, 2012) 18.
With this we hope for further Swedish successes in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!