09/05/2016 17:22 BST

Eurovision 2016 Odds: UK Entry Jake And Joe's Odds Slashed By Bookies

Our entry may not end up with nul points after all.

Hopes of the UK winning Eurovision have been given a massive boost with the news bookies have slashed our entry's odds. 

Joe and Jake are now considered to be a "lively outsider" to be crowned the 2016 Song Contest champs, as their odds have been halved from 50/1 to 25/1. 

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Joe and Jake are representing the UK in this year's Eurovision

The duo impressed critics with their first rehearsal of track 'You're Not Alone' in Stockholm, where the contest is being held this year.

A spokesperson for bookmakers William Hill said: “By all accounts, Joe and Jake were pretty good in their first rehearsal and they appear to have impressed plenty of those in the know with a number of new accounts opened to back them at both 50/1 and 25/1.

“They could now be considered a lively outsider.”

However, Russia are still early favourites to win the contest, with Sergey Lazarev’s ‘You Are The Only One’ with odds of 6/4. 

France entry Amir with 'J'ai cherché' is second at 7/2, with Ukraine entry - Jamala's '1944' - pegged at 9/2. 

Australia - who are returning to the competition after successfully competing last year, represented by former 'X Factor Australia' winner Dani Im and her song 'Sound Of Silence' - are also in the running to scoop the crown, with odds of 10/1. 

Last year's winner's Sweden follows at 12/1, with Frans' song 'If I Were Sorry'. 

Eurovision airs on Saturday (14 May) at 8pm on BBC One. 

Check out all you need to know about this year's contest here

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