Eurovision Betting Analysis: Can Getter Jaani win for Estonia with Rockefeller Street?

The biggest mover in the Eurovision 2011 betting markets after last night’s “Super Saturday”, when six countries selected their entries, was Estonia. ‘Rockefeller Street’, by Getter Jaani, was challenging Germany as second favourite to Norway with Betfair at the time of going to press.

I’m pleased ‘Rockefeller Street’ got through as it is my personal […]

Eurovision Top Tip Update: What Do The National Juries Vote For?

In the run up to last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the first one covered here on Sofabet, I posted a series of ten top tips for predicting the outcome. One aspect of predicting Eurovision which we can now say much more about is the impact of the return of the juries.

These panels of five […]

Eurovision Betting Analysis: Can Norway Regain Eurovision Crown with ‘Haba Haba’?

Watching the Norwegian competition to select their Eurovision entry, called Melodi Grand Prix (MGP), has been a happy hunting ground for me.

In February 2009, I watched on an internet feed as Alexander Rybak performed in the MGP semi-final. I was so confident of the performance catching fire both in his home country and across […]

Eurovision Betting Analysis: Can Lena Double Up In Dusseldorf?

In a highly unusual step, last year’s winning singer, Lena, tries to repeat the feat for the host nation in 2011. The song selected by the German public is ‘Taken By A Stranger’.

Lena is the first winner to attempt back-to-back wins in the modern era (the winners of the first two Eurovision Song Contests […]

Eurovision Betting Analysis: Can Jedward Win Eurovision 2011?

So the Irish have decided to send Jedward to Dusseldorf. Can they win? Either way, Jedward’s participation is a good thing for those of us who like a punt on Eurovision: it raises the profile of the contest in both the UK and Ireland. It will attract a new demographic and new punters to the […]

X Factor New Judges: Why It’s A Big Decision

Speculation is rife about what changes will be made to the judging panel for X Factor 2011. Will Cheryl judge on the US show, and give up her UK judging role? If so, who will replace her – Nicole Sherzinger, who was such a hit as a guest judge in 2010? Can Simon judge both […]

X Factor 2010 Review: The Moral Victors

This is the last article in our ten-part review of X Factor 2010 – we hope you’ve enjoyed it, and as ever we welcome your comments on all our posts. Next up on Sofabet we’ll be looking at the question of the 2011 X Factor judging line-up, and gearing up for Eurovision in a big […]

X Factor 2010 Review: Can A Group Ever Win It?

Regular readers of Sofabet will know we believed from the start that producers intended this to be the year a group finally won the show. We think One Direction were formed for this purpose, and that producers did all they could to give the boyband every chance of winning.

Part of our reasoning is that […]