Stella Mwangi is the bookmakers’ tip to win the Norwegian final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The last contenders to qualify were The Lucky Bullets and Sie Gubba, who got through the elimination heat in Sarpsborg last Saturday.
The rockabilly band The Lucky Bullets pushed aside hip-hop and heavy metal opposition to go through along with Sie Gubba to Saturday’s Norwegian final in the downtown arena Oslo Spektrum. This is the first time a rockabilly band is taking part in the national final. As the results came in, the band’s elated dancer showered the musicians with kisses, leaving them covered in lipstick marks.
Sie Gubba, (loosely translated as Sagging Geezers), were worried that their supporters would not be as quick to vote for them as the younger hip-hop band’s fans.
“We were wrong! We were quite sure that Use Me would beat us, but it will really be fun to perform in the Spektrum,” the band told Norwegian Broadcasting, NRK.
In the run-up to this Saturday’s final, though, Kenyan-Norwegian Stella Mwangi leads the field according to the bookmakers.
“The results haven’t been as obvious this year as they have been in previous years and we may well get a surprise in the final,” Morten Thomassen, Eurovision enthusiast, told NRK.no.
Bookmakers Betsafe and Unibet will only pay 1.25-1.35 times your bet if Mwangi’s “Haba Haba” becomes Norway’s entry in Düsseldorf in May. Faith in their African rhythms is so great as to push the nearest contender, Helene Bøksle, down to 8:1 with Bestafe and 13:1 with Unibet. Sie Gubba are the biggest outsiders with 75:1 odds stacked against them.