There’s been no love for the UK’s 2017 Eurovision entry Lucie Jones ahead of this Saturday’s contest.
Following on from Brexit, bookies Ladbrokes has reported that the United Kingdom are friendless in the betting in the run up to Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev.
The firm report that this year the odds on the UK winning the contest are bigger than EVER before at 50/1. In fact, Ladbrokes has witnessed a number of bets on the UK receiving Nil Points at odds of 14/1.
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “Punters are preparing for a Brexit backlash from voters judging by the lack of support coming in for Lucie Jones. Usually we are knocked over with patriotic support, but for the first time ever, punters aren’t getting behind the UK.”
Right now, Italy are the clear favourites at 8/11 to win the contest, ahead of Portugal and Sweden at odds of 8/1.
BBC Eurovision host Graham Norton previously admitted he didn’t rate Lucie’s chances at Eurovision 2017.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: “I’m just not sure it will happen for us this year. I mean, I could be wrong as Germany have won, Austria have won. So I suppose people who never win, win.
“On the night, anything can happen. I’m just not sure it will for us, though.”
However speaking ahead of this year’s contest recently, Lucie was more hopeful.
She said: “Every single year there is talk of the political vote and why the UK doesn’t get votes. This year won’t be any different. Obviously there is a different slant to it because of Brexit but I’m not worried about that.
“The song has a beautiful message and it’s not an event about Brexit. We are going to go and perform the song the best we can and meet people all over the world who are like-minded.”
The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine and air on Saturday, 13th May on BBC One from 8PM.