Thursday 20 September 2018

Eurovision fever mounts: Ireland get excellent running order position for final

Ryan O’Shaugnessy is flying the flag for Ireland in Eurovision
Ryan O’Shaugnessy is flying the flag for Ireland in Eurovision
Ryan O’Shaughnessy celebrates making it to the final of Eurovision. Photo: AP
Irish Eurovision hopeful Ryan O'Shaughnessy pictured on the blue carpet at the opening ceremony for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Picture: Andres Poveda
Ryan O'Shaughnessy celebrates getting through to the Eurovision final with Team Ireland. PIC: Andres Poveda
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

Ireland have received their running order position - and it guarantees us plenty of phone votes.

After Eurovision bosses selected the running order on Thursday night, they decided Ireland will perform 24th of the 26 songs in the final.

Our running order buddy will once again be hot favourite Cyprus, who are performing at 25.

In the semi final the Irish and Cypriot delegation had fun together backstage as they performed 18th and 19th respectively.

While Cyprus remains the hot favourite to win the competition, Ireland has been steadily rising up the bookies' odds - and the digital charts - since Ryan O'Shuaghnessy qualified on Tuesday.

Ireland is now the only ballad in the second half of the show, meaning it's sure to stand out for televoters.

Guitar hero: Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s qualification for tonight’s Eurovision grand final in Lisbon brought out the quirky in Marty Whelan. Photo: Andres Poveda
Guitar hero: Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s qualification for tonight’s Eurovision grand final in Lisbon brought out the quirky in Marty Whelan. Photo: Andres Poveda

While RTE has not commented on the increased speculation concerning an Irish win, it's understood the broadcaster is prepared to host the show in Dublin in 2019.

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Irish Eurovision hopeful Ryan O'Shaughnessy pictured on the blue carpet at the opening ceremony for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Picture: Andres Poveda
Irish Eurovision hopeful Ryan O'Shaughnessy pictured on the blue carpet at the opening ceremony for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Picture: Andres Poveda

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Ryan O’Shaughnessy celebrates making it to the final of Eurovision. Photo: AP
Ryan O’Shaughnessy celebrates making it to the final of Eurovision. Photo: AP

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