Eurovision: Is Ireland poised to meet its Waterloo?

We're odds-on to be exiting at the semi-final stage


Ireland is massive odds-on (1/25) NOT to get past tonight’s semi-final – but some patriotic supporters will make fortunes if Sarah McTernan pulls off a shock.

McTernan has found herself up against it on all fronts as she continues her Eurovision crusade on behalf of the nation in Tel Aviv. But the determined performer is pulling out all the stops to prove the odds wrong as she gets set to perform tonight.

“Between her mental dental issues, an insane dash through security to make a BBC interview, a broken barstool prop, and the small matter of a calls for a blanket boycott, we’re hoping Sarah has the wisdom teeth to put all of those things behind her to dazzle delegations tonight,” a spokesperson for Paddy Power revealed.

One punter in particular is backing the young singer all the way, and has placed a bet in one of our South Dublin shops in recent weeks that would land them a six-figure sum if they win.

At 200/1, the price on McTernan represents is the biggest price Ireland has been in the Eurovision for over a decade.

The Australian entry, “Zero Gravity” performed by Kate Miller-Heidke, is top of the pops with Irish punters, proving the most popular choice for them, followed Sweden, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Italy and Ireland as the sixth most popular selection.

Earlier this week, Paddy Power challenged Louis Walsh – the face of their EU-Revision campaign calling on fans to vote for the UK to win, forcing them to host the contest post-Brexit – to predict the Top 4 finishers.

“I predict it will be all male performers in the top four. It’ll be Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and Russia,” the former X Factor judge revealed.

And at odds of 18/1, Paddy Power will be hoping music’s best-known judge of pop has lost his touch since his glory days with Johnny Logan and What’s Another Year.

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