Electro Velvet fans stake thousands on UK Eurovision hopefuls

PUBLISHED: 17:41 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:47 19 May 2015

Electro Velvet. Picture: Sarah Dunn for the BBC

Electro Velvet. Picture: Sarah Dunn for the BBC

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Bookies expect bets to total £200,000

EUROVISION fans are expected to stake thousands of pounds this week on a Beckenham singer winning the competition for the UK for the first time in almost 20 years.

Peter Spencer, from bookies Betfred, said five £1,000 bets had already been placed in the London area on duo Electro Velvet coming first in the campest contest in pop.

And he said the total sum of bets placed with the bookmaker was expected to reach £200,000.

“The UK entry is one of the most heavily backed entries,” Mr Spencer said.

“We’ve been amazed at how much faith there is in the British entry considering how poorly we have performed in the past.

“These two have very obviously captured the public imagination. Whereas the Swedish entry is dead predictable, our song is a bit of a marmite thing, and a lot of people seem to like it.”

Insiders predict there will be a betting frenzy worth £20 million across the country in support of singer Bianca Nicholas, from Bromley, and primary school teacher and Mick Jagger impersonator Alex Larke, from Hertfordshire.

The duo are only eighth favourites to win the contest right now, with odds of 40/1, but a flurry of bets could send them higher up the rankings.

Sweden are the favourites, with odds of 7/4, with Italy in second place – and Australia on 6/1, although no-one knows what it is doing in the contest in the first place.

“I think people think the tide will turn our way at some stage,” Mr Spencer added.

“Of all the TV shows, this is the most popular, because people can even bet on the night, as it’s going on.”

The UK has won Eurovision five times in its sixty-year history – only Ireland has won more often. However, we haven’t won since 1997, when Katrina and the Waves triumphed with Love Shine A Light.

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