Eurovision Tips: 5 pitch-perfect punts for the 2021 final on Saturday night

Mr Eurovision himself, Daniel Glavin, returns with 5 tips to help you hit the high notes for the 2021 Eurovision Final.


* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

Hello Eurovision, it’s Paddy Power calling. After two years of waiting, the final of the world’s longest running annual TV music competition is back!

Not usually a Eurovision fan? Not to worry, we’ve got some betting tips to help make things all a little more bearable when the action kicks off on Saturday night.


Winner – France

As a member of the so-called “Big Five”, the French are not required to slog it out in the semi-finals of Eurovision but instead get a pass straight through to Saturday’s main event. Not very liberté, égalité, fraternité, if you ask me.

Nevertheless, the French have taken a leaf out of the Portugal 2017 winner’s book and gone for a native-language-sung love song. It’s very difficult to look past the French entry this year. A quite stunning ballad called “Voilà”, a simple arrangement and Barbara Pravi smashes the vocals. What’s not to like about France to win Eurovision for the first time since 1977?

Winner – San Marino (E/W)

Ah, San Marino. A true minnow of the Eurovision Song Contest, until now. This year’s song “Adrenalina” will shock you. I’m not quite sure how they’ve done it but Flo Rida (yes, that one!) features on the track and it’s an absolute banger.

Flo Rida, a native of, you guessed it, Florida USA has somehow dug out his Sammarinese heritage and will help to represent the country of 35,000 people on Saturday night alongside Senhit.

I expect this song to do very well. The main problem for San Marino now will be trying to find a venue to host next year’s contest if they manage to get an unlikely win. With Paddy Power paying 4 places on the Each Way terms, try San Marino to win at a big price.

Top 5 Finish – Sweden

From the country that gave us ABBA & 2012’s smash hit “Euphoria”, Sweden know how to win at Eurovision. In fact, only once in the past decade have they failed to achieve a top 10 finish at the competition.

This year’s entry “Voices” is very catchy and the dramatic key change towards the end is extremely Eurovision-esque. Singer Tusse, who came to Sweden alone as a 13-year-old refugee seems to be a popular chap amongst the Eurovision faithful and it would be a fantastic story if he could get the Swedes close to the top. Try Sweden top 5 finish.

Top 10 Finish – Israel

If you read Tuesday’s Semi-Final 1 preview, you’d know how keen I was on Israel to qualify for Saturday’s finale. Eden Arlene provided the pop goodness; the public and jury provided the votes and thus we get to see “Set Me Free” once again on Europe’s biggest stage.

This is an upbeat number with some quite frankly insane vocals (watch out for the falsetto in the final chorus). In my opinion, this is one of the best entries of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and has gone under the radar, so far. I expect a Top 10 finish from 2018’s winner, Israel.

United Kingdom to finish last

The wooden spoon market is always an interesting one at Eurovision. Germany and the United Kingdom, part of the “Big 5” are both battling it out for a race to the bottom this year. In the past 20 years, the UK have finished bottom 4 times. Can they make it the “Big 5” with another bottom place finish this year?

Not exactly something to sing about if you ask me. James Newman, older brother of singer John Newman, comes to Eurovision with his dance-pop tune “Embers”. Unfortunately I think his chances will be up in smoke on Saturday night. Try United Kingdom to finish last with our enhanced Power Price.

Eurovision Final 2021 Tips

Winner: France, San Marino (E/W)
Top 5 Finish: Sweden
Top 10 Finish: Israel
United Kingdom to finish last

* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.


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