The Dutch entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest is expected to ease through to Saturday's grand final in tonight's second live semi-final in Israel.

Despite having released only one song, 25-year-old Duncan Laurence is favourite to qualify during the event this evening at the Expo Tel Aviv.

UK bookmakers William Hill are offering even (1/1) odds on him being top of the ten acts to qualify for the grand final.

Earlier this week, the singer-songwriter and former contestant on The Voice of Holland told the Press Association he was "flabbergasted" by the reaction to Arcade, the ballad he'll sing during the 18-act semi-final.

Ireland's Sarah McTernan is regarded as a no-hoper. The 25-year-old, from Scariff in Clare, will perform the upbeat pop song 22 but her chances are regarded as slim, with William Hill offering odds of 100/1 on her to qualify.

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Sweden's John Lundvik is more than likely to qualify, with odds of 10/3 to make it through to the grand final.
Days before, he was confident, saying in an interview: "I will be in the final. This is huge."

His song, Too Late For Love, has earned plaudits among fans and press in Tel Aviv for its gospel-tinged verse and ear-worm chorus.

Russia's Sergey Lazarev - formerly of boy band Smash!! - has odds of 5/1 with William Hill. This isn't his first Eurovision, as in 2016 he sang for Russia and finished third with the song You Are The Only One.

Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Malta and Norway are all touted as potential contenders for qualification with odds of 25/1 or better.

Joining Ireland with odds of only 100/1 are Austria, Croatia, Romania, Latvia, Moldova and Lithuania.

The Eurovision Song Contest continues tonight with the second live semi-final live on RTÉ 2 from 8pm.