Iveta-vision: Bookies react to Armenian singer’s performance at pan-European contest

International bookmakers have dramatically improved the odds for Armenia’s Eurovision-2016 representative Iveta Mukuchyan after her Tuesday night performance in Stockholm, Sweden, in the first semifinal of the popular competition.

Earlier predicting an eighth-place finish for Mukuchyan, now betting agencies consider it is likely the 29-year-old Germany-based singer will finish fourth in the Grand Finale for which she has qualified as a result of the first semifinal.

In contrast, one of the bookmaker favorites of the contest, a representative of Greece, failed to qualify to the final due after a combined TV audience and jury vote.

The audience at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe Arena also appeared to like the Armenian singer’s performance of her upbeat tune, LoveWave. Mukuchyan was alone on the stage where 3D visual effects were used, creating an atmosphere of a video clip.

Social media also reacted to Mukuchyan’s performance, both her singing and dress style. Even skeptics in Armenia acknowledged that hers was one of the best performances in the first-semifinal where other winners were Russia (represented by bookmaker favorite singer Sergey Lazarev), Azerbaijan, the Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Malta.

The second semifinal of Eurovision 2016 is scheduled for May 12. The Grand Finale of the competition featuring 26 nations will take place on May 14.