Eurovision 2023: Latest betting odds and favourites
The Eurovision Song Contest is upon us, with a new group of artists competing to have their music crowned the song of the year.
The annual celebration of Europe’s greatest pop songs kicked off in Liverpool this week, with the first semi-final taking place on Tuesday (9 May), followed by the second on Thursday (11 May).
The grand final will then take place on Saturday (13 May).
Heading into the live shows, the bookies have marked out a clear frontrunner in the competition.
This is singer Loreen, who is representing Sweden with her song “Tattoo”. Loreen previously took home the Eurovision trophy in 2012, her winning track “Euphoria” remaining one of the most popular Eurovision songs of all time.
While the UK’s entry Mae Muller is looking unlikely to replicate Sam Ryder’s success from 2022, the 25-year-old’s odds have improved following the first semi-final, according to Ladbrokes.
Ladbrokes’ Jessica O’Reilly said: “Loreen’s going from strength to strength and it would be a huge surprise if she doesn’t win Eurovision for a second time.”
You can find the current top 10 frontrunners below…
Eurovision Song Contest winner 2023 odds:
Sweden: Loreen, “Tattoo” – 4/9
Finland: Käärijä, “Cha Cha Cha” – 5/2
Ukraine: Tvorchi, “Heart Of Steel” – 9/1
Spain: Blanca Paloma, “Ea Ea” – 16/1
France: La Zarra, “Évidemment” – 18/1
Israel: Noa Kirel, “Unicorn” – 18/1
Norway: Alessandra, “Queen Of Kings” – 18/1
UK: Mae Muller, “I Wrote A Song” – 33/1
Czechia: Vesna, “My Sister’s Crown” – 40/1
Italy: Marco Mengoni, “Due Vite” – 50/1
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In Between Days festival cancelled just days before its debut in Newcastle’s Times Square
A new music festival set to make its debut in Newcastle this weekend has been cancelled two days before its debut.
In shock news this Wednesday, the festival In Between Days, which had been due to play out in Times Square over three days from this Friday to Sunday, announced it has been called off, without giving any explanation of the reason.
The event had been set to star Happy Mondays and Ian Brown and local favourites Andrew Cushin and Liam Fender were also on the bill.
The festival set to take place on May 26-28 had just been announced in March, with organisers Tokyo Live promising many more acts to be announced. But now music lovers are left shocked and disappointed by a statement posted by organisers on the festival website which said: “We gave it our best shot. We are so very sorry to have to deliver the news that the In Between Days Festival will not be going ahead.
“It breaks our heart to make this announcement; no company sets out with an intention to cancel, postpone or reschedule an event (and when we have to cancel like this, we have to write off the significant amount of money we’ve spent so far).”
It added: “We were so excited to play host to some of the biggest names and the best talent in the world, but sadly it’s not to be this time. To everyone who has supported us, we are so very grateful but obviously very disappointed that we have not been able to make this a reality for you.
“We would like to offer our thanks to all the artists, partner agencies, suppliers and of course, our ticket holders for supporting us – we are so sorry to have disappointed you all. Ticket holders will receive an automatic refund (to include fees). Thank you for your understanding.”
Beyoncé Expected set list as Renaissance tour heads to Sunderland
Beyoncé is set to wow Wearside tomorrow (May 23) for her Renaissance world tour.
More than 48,000 fans are set to descend on the city for the date at the Stadium of Light, one of only four UK venues chosen for the mammoth tour.
Here’s the setlist in full from previous nights, which features a huge 36 tracks across three hours, from new hits to old favourites:
– Dangerously in Love
– Flaws and All
– I’m Going Down
– I Care
– I’M THAT GIRL
– ALIEN SUPERSTAR
– Lift Off
– CUFF IT
– BREAK MY SOUL
– Run the World (Girls)
– MY POWER
– BLACK PARADE
– Savage (Remix)
– CHURCH GIRL
– Get Me Bodied
– Before I Let Go
– Rather Die Young
– Love on Top
– Crazy in Love
– PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA
– VIRGO’S GROOVE
– Naughty Girl
– ALL UP IN YOUR MIND
– Drunk in Love
– AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM
– SUMMER RENAISSANCE
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Disney On Ice announces return to Newcastle Arena – here’s how to get tickets
Mickey and a host of favourite characters will skate into Utilita Arena Newcastle from Wednesday, December 6 to Sunday, December 10 2023 celebrating the magic of Disney’s 100th Anniversary with Disney On Ice presents 100 Years of Wonder.
The hugely popular Encanto features in the ice show for the very first time in the UK, when Mickey Mouse is joined by his friends on a journey to discover his favourite memory of all time.
Families will be part of the action and help the gang venture through Disney stories, sharing memorable moments from treasured tales.
Journey to a vibrant town in the mountains of Colombia to meet Mirabel and her family who live in a magical casita in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.
Sail away with Moana as she displays courage to save her island on a high-seas adventure with the demigod, Maui.
Caroline Ginnane, General Manager of the Utilita Arena Newcastle, added: “We are always delighted to host Disney On Ice here at the arena, and this year’s show is a particularly special celebration heralding Disney’s 100th Anniversary.
“Seeing Encanto for the first time on ice will be a real treat, as well as much loved audience favourites including Moana, Frozen and Toy Story.
“It’s always heart-warming to see families making special memories, singing and dancing along with favourite Disney stars in an enchanting ice spectacular which has become an exciting pre-Christmas treat here at Utilita Arena Newcastle.”
The production will skate into Utilita Arena Newcastle from December 6-10, 2023.
Priority Customers can take advantage of the pre-sale from Friday May 19, 2023 by signing up at www.prioritycustomer.co.uk.
Tickets then go on general sale from Friday May 26, 2023 at www.disneyonice.co.uk.
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