Ireland Gets a Great Slot for the Eurovision

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Ireland’s Eurovision entrant Nicky Byrne has been given a boost with today’s news that Ireland has received a favourable draw in the Song Contest’s semi-final. He has nabbed a slot in the first half of the second semi-final, which will take place in Stockholm on Thursday the 12th May.

If you fancy a flutter BoyleSports has said today, “Nicky Byrne is installed at 1/3 to reach the Final whilst it is 2/1 that he will fail to progress to the Saturday night Final on May 14th. Ireland are 16/1 to win the Eurovision this year whilst its 4/6 that they will win the competition again before 2030 with 11/10 that it will be after 2030.

“Nicky Byrne will be hoping to turn around Ireland’s dismal record in the Eurovision song contest for the past few years and we at BoyleSports believe that the former Westlife singer will end the drought we had for the past two years and progress to the Eurovision Final as suggested by the red hot 1/3 odds.

“Ireland have been drawn in against Australia in the second semi-final and with the amount of Paddies down under it’s sure to boost Nicky’s vote. Ireland are already seeing plenty of patriotic support to go all the way at 16/1 and are already posing as a five figure payout for the firm if Nicky Byrne can manage to shine his sunlight in Stockholm and win an eight Eurovision crown for the Emerald Isle.”

Yes you read that right, Australia are back in the Eurovision. After placing 5th last year, Australia will compete in the semi-finals in 2016. Initially planned as a one-off to celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary and Australia’s long tradition of broadcasting the show, it has been announced that Australia will participate again in 2016.

This decision was taken after favourable feedback from viewers, fans, press and the broadcasters. Organisers say they have visions for the Eurovision Song Contest to evolve organically into a truly global event. Australia’s continued participation is an exciting step in that direction. Europe and Australia have a lot in common in regards to cultural values so it seems to be a good fit all round.

Last year, Australia was guaranteed a spot in the final. But they won’t get it so easy this year. Australia will have to compete in one of the two Semi-Finals.

So back to Ireland, if you want to have a flutter on Nicky or not, here’s what you need to know.

 

Ireland to qualify for the Eurovision Final

Yes 1/3

No 2/1

 

Ireland to win – 16/1

 

When will Ireland next win?

2030 or before – 4/6

After 2030 – 11/10

 

Not all of us think Nicky will win… read this article which says that Nicky hasn’t got a chance in hell.

 

Comments? Editor@oldmooresalmanac.com

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