William Hill: Belgium to go one better this year!

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British bookmakers William Hill have released their odds for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. Belgium is tipped to win with odds of 4-1.

Xandee�s 1 Life, the energetic dance track, has once again proven to be a bookies' favourite, and based on Belgium top 3 placing last year, it�s no doubt that many feel Belgium will open its doors to Eurovision on its 50th anniversary next year.

Beside Belgium, William Hill have also seen winning potential in Sweden, the second favourite, keeping 30th anniversary of Abba�s win in mind. They are closely followed by James Fox for the UK despite last years nul points, at 10-1. However James Fox is also quoted at 20-1 for the UK to get nul points again.

Malta (14-1), Cyprus (16-1), Denmark (20-1) and Serbia Montenegro (20-1) are well tipped to qualify from the semi final show on May 12th. Meanwhile the odds on home nation Turkey are 25-1, with Estonia at the bottom of the list with odds of 60-1.

William Hill�s spokeswoman Jennie Prest said: This year's contest looks like it is going to be the most exciting yet, with the introduction of the new format and some excellent entries from the countries who have yet to qualify. Of course we are hoping for a better performance from the UK this time, but we think the Belgium entry and the Swedish song are both very strong and remember Turkey were a 25-1 shot when they won last year, so a lot of countries have a really good chance if they can pull it off on the night.

Here are William Hill's odds for victory of all the participating nations:

SWEDEN (8-1)
IRELAND (12-1)
MALTA (14-1)
CYPRUS (16-1)
DENMARK (20-1)
SERBIA (20-1)
SPAIN (20-1)
NORWAY (20-1)
GERMANY (20-1)
RUSSIA (20-1)
ICELAND (20-1)
POLAND (20-1)
ROMANIA (20-1)
FINLAND (25-1)
UKRAINE (25-1)
FRANCE (25-1)
TURKEY (25-1)
BELARUS (33-1)
GREECE (33-1)
LATVIA (40-1)
ISRAEL (40-1)
ANDORRA (40-1)
MONACO (40-1)
ALBANIA (50-1)
CROATIA (50-1)
AUSTRIA (50-1)
ESTONIA (66-1)

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