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Ireland have come from absolutely nowhere to be third favourite to win the Eurovision

We were 200/1 to win at the start of the week.

IF YOU HAD told us at the start of the week that on Eurovision Eve Ireland would be 3rd favourite to win the competition this year, you would have been laughed out of the entire country.

Source: Eurovision Song Contest/YouTube

Well the odds on Ireland doing just that have been slashed massively after a very favourable running order draw which puts us third last to perform tomorrow night.

At the start of the week Ireland were at 200/1 to win. After the semi final we dropped to 50/1 and this morning we were looking at odds of 20/1. Current odds have us at 9/1 to win the entire competition behind Israel at 10/3 and Cyprus at 5/4 at the time of writing.

There’s a few things that may have caused us to shoot up the list of favourites. First off us making it past the semi final given it was supposed to be the group of death with Israel, Finland and Cyprus all vying for a place alongside us was a huge achievement. We didn’t expect it and I don’t think Europe did either so that’s a great start.

As well as that, our song has been in the headlines following a Chinese broadcasters decision to censor our performance as there were two men dancing with each other. China banned depictions of LGBTQ people on TV in 2016.

Now Eurovision has ended it’s contract with that broadcaster so Eurovision won’t be shown in China. Add to that the rumours going around last month about Russia potentially banning the showing of the performance (they didn’t by the way) and you’ve got more people looking at the song on Youtube and so on.

Finally we have a very favourable performance position for tomorrow night. We’re going out third last which means Ryan should stick in the memory of Europe. The only downside is that the current favourite Cyprus is out straight after. It could be a close one lads.

Buckle up and grab the popcorn because it could be a very tense and close contest indeed. WE’RE BEHIND YOU RYAN.

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