Greece touted to place first in tonight’s Eurovision semi-final

This year’s Eurovision song contest kicks off at 9pm tonight

Greece's first dress rehearsal
Greece's first dress rehearsal

The 64th edition of the Eurovision song contest kicks off tonight as the first of the competition’s two semi-finals get underway.

A total of 17 countries will be competing tonight and while Malta’s own Michela Pace won’t take the stage till Thursday but viewers are still in for a special night, and the chance to find out who Michaela will be competing with should she go through to the final.

Greece’s Katerine Duska is touted to dominate the evening, with bookmakers predicting her entry to place first in tonight’s competition. Duska’s song, Better Love, has been given a 93% chance of making past the semi-final by Eurovision World

The odds have Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke coming in at a close second, with a 91% chance of making it to the final. The entry jumped up five places in just one day after Heidke’s second dress rehearsal.  

However, Michela isn’t fairing too badly in the odds either. She’s expected to make it through the second semi-final on Thursday, with bookmakers placing her to finish sixth in her division.

Overall, the bookmakers have Malta set to come in at ninth place, however the odds are expected to change again following tonight’s semi-final.

Usually, entries performing in the second semi-final tend to take a hit in the odds, being overshadowed by the night’s performances. But it should even itself out after Thursday.