The Voice 2014 Semi-Final

Firstly, a quick reminder of last week’s show. The overwhelming winner of the quarter-finals was Christina. Her YouTube figures are dwarfing the other contestants (if that has value re the outcome). Plus the Ricky-Christina love-in is sweet, and far removed from the creepiness that lingered over the Danny-Bo Bruce relationship in series 1.

Christina […]

Eurovision 2014: Eurovicious on the contenders

[Daniel writes: we like to get a wide range of opinions on Sofabet, which is why the comments section is an integral part of the site, and one of the reasons I enjoy being part of the podcasts produced by the Esctips guys – latest one on the first half of semi one can be […]

Eurovision 2014: Running order for semi-finals

The running order for this year’s two semi-finals has been decided by producers. You can find them here.

The first semi-final starts with hot favourite Armenia and concludes with another market fancy, Hungary. The second semi-final begins with Malta and for the the second year running, ends with Romania.

In due course, I will be […]

The Voice 2014: Live Shows Preview

[Sofabet commenters have been engaged in a lively discussion of The Voice all through the preliminary rounds. With the live shows starting tonight at 6.45 on BBC1, here’s a fresh thread for continued discussion – kicked off by regular commenter Guildo Horn Forever giving his rundown on each of the four teams].

The public finally […]

Eurovision 2014: Will Denmark’s ‘Cliche Love Song’ win enough hearts?

My first online Eurovision betting preview came in 2001 (alas it has disappeared off the web). Working for a website called RainbowNetwork, my tip was the 10-1 entry from the host country, Denmark, with a plum draw.

‘Never Ever Let You Go’ was irresistible, toe-tapping, feel-good Saturday-night entertainment. In the event, it was narrowly pipped […]

Eurovision 2014: Will Norway’s ‘Silent Storm’ make some noise?

Norway’s position in the Eurovision win market has been far from silent. It rocketed to the top when Carl Espen’s song was first heard in full, in expectation he would win the national final.

The market shifted back and forth last Saturday when Carl had a closer shave than anticipated. On losing the first regional […]

Eurovision 2014: Will Armenia’s ‘You’re Not Alone’ unite viewers?

A lack of entries that scream ‘winner!’ creates interesting betting activity in the early-doors Eurovision market on Betfair. In 2011, a small bit of 200 was available about eventual 3.5 favourite ‘Sognu’ as it premiered on French television, one of the last songs to be shown.

The revelation of Armenia’s song last night saw a […]

Eurovision 2014: How will Sweden do with ‘Undo’?

After Sanna Nielsen narrowly won a nailbiting Melodifestivalen with ‘Undo’, she was duly installed as second favourite in bookmakers’ lists. Seeing Sweden towards the head of the market the day after their massively-hyped national final is no surprise: it happens virtually every year.

Sometimes those short odds are justified, as Loreen showed in 2012, whilst […]