Paddy Power, the Irish bookmakers have been quick to offer odds on the United Kingdom's chances of success at the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. After it was confirmed that Andrew Lloyd Webber would pen the song and select the act, the book makers are offering a near reversal on the country's expected outcome compared to 2008.
Paddy Power are offering odds of 9/1 for a United Kingdom victory at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest (traditionally, around the 5th favourite mark on final day betting). They are also offering odds of 3/1 on the song going to number one in the official UK charts.
Odds of 40/1 are being offered on the United Kingdom finishing in last place again in 2009, with odds of 100/1 on the country receiving 'nil points' for the musical theatre master's efforts.
The odds are almost a reverse of those offered for Andy Abraham's chances of success in 2008. The X Factor finalist was rated as a 33/1 chance for victory, with odds of 12/1 on finishing last. So far, no British bookmakers have publicised odds on the contest.