In the most recent change on the betting odds, Ireland’s entry “Together” by Ryan O’Shaughnessy has moved to third favourite to be the winner of tomorrow’s Grand Final.
Ireland is the country that have moved up the betting odds the highest during Eurovision week, starting the week as 29th favourites to win and running the risk of failing to qualify.
Following their appearance in the first semi final on Tuesday, Ireland’s odds have continued to shorten across the week, now sitting behind just Cyprus and Israel before tomorrow’s show.
At the time of writing the current top 5 are:
- Cyprus – Eleni Foureira – Fuego
- Israel – Netta – Toy
- Ireland – Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Together
- France – Madame Monsieur – Mercy
- Germany – Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone
Ryan O’Shaughnessy has previous experience in competing on TV talent shows. Back in 2012 he competed in The Voice of Ireland where he was chosen to be on Brian Kennedy’s team at the blind auditions. Brian is a fellow Eurovision participant, having represented Ireland at the 2006 contest. He was selected to enter the live shows of the programme where simultaneously he auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent with his own song ‘No Name’.
Ireland will be performing in position 24 tomorrow, after The Netherlands and before Cyprus.
Source: Eurovision World
Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and is currently the most successful country to have participated in the contest, winning a total of seven times. During the 1990s Ireland was a powerhouse in the contest becoming the first country to win three years in a row from 1992 to 1994. Since 2000 Ireland has struggled in the contest having qualified from the semi-final into the final just five out of a possible 12 times. Ireland’s last top 10 result came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.