Croatia’s Baby Lasagna Emerges as Bookmakers’ Favourite for Eurovision 2024

Competition for the Eurovision Song Contest, a music festival watched by around 200 million people, kicks off this Sunday in the Swedish city of Malmö with the presentation of contestants on the “turquoise carpet,” and the current favourite is the Croatian representative Baby Lasagna, Reuters reports.

Bookmakers have Croatia, Switzerland, and Ukraine as favourites, and Spotify listening data suggests that the Netherlands, Italy, and the host country Sweden also have good prospects.

“This year is so exciting because there are four or five countries with really good chances of winning,” said William Lee Adams, editor of Wiwibloggs, a website for Eurovision fans, to Reuters.

“Croatia, Switzerland, and Ukraine are seen as favourites, and listening data from Spotify suggests that the Netherlands, Italy, and the host, Sweden, also have good chances,” he said.

The Croatian contestant, 28-year-old Baby Lasagna (real name Marko Purišić), surpassed Switzerland this week and became the bookmakers’ favourite with his song “Rim Tim Tagi Dim,” which tells the story of a young Croat leaving home in the hope of becoming a “city boy” with better opportunities.