Thursday 18 January 2018

What are the odds? The bookies have no faith in Ireland's chance of Eurovision success

Left: Solomia Boiko (6), Katarina Zhukova (6), Taras Boiko (9) and Sasha Maidaniuk (8) from Kiev with Irish Eurovision hopeful Brendan Murray Photo: Andres Poveda
Left: Solomia Boiko (6), Katarina Zhukova (6), Taras Boiko (9) and Sasha Maidaniuk (8) from Kiev with Irish Eurovision hopeful Brendan Murray Photo: Andres Poveda
Brendan Murray on the Eurovision red carpet
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Can Ireland defy the odds?

Ireland's Eurovision hopeful Brendan Murray is gearing up for Thursday's second semi-final in Kiev.

The former Hometown singer performed his power ballad, Dying to Try, for the international juries on Wednesday night, which counts as 50 percent of the overall vote to get through to Saturday's final.

Tonight's performance will see the singer go up against acts from 14 different countries, including Romania, France and the Netherlands.

But Ireland, which stayed in the semi-final on its last three consecutive attempts, is again one of the favourites not to push ahead.

According to Oddschecker, the odds of Ireland not qualifying for the final are 1/4.

Brendan Murray on the Eurovision red carpet
Brendan Murray on the Eurovision red carpet

The overall competition's fruntrunners are Sweden, Portugal and Armenia.

Earlier this week a Norwegian judge was removed from the competition for slamming Ireland's consideration for Eurovision glory.

Per Sundnes, a former head of the Nordic country’s delegation, said that Ireland has “lost it completely,” awarding Brendan's song the lowest mark of all of them in competition.

But Brendan himself said he was feeling "very confident" ahead of his performance at the jury vote and Thursday night's live semi-final.

"I think I'm ready for it now," he told RTÉ Entertainment. "We've one dress rehearsal beforehand. I'm just going to give it my best now.

Last year's Irish Eurovison entry Nicky Byrne tweeted his support on Wednesday evening, saying: "Please pass on my very best to Brendan and all the team tonight and tomorrow. Country proud as ever of them all! They got this!! Cool heads & Stay calm.".

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