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Ireland Now Third Favourites For Eurovision After Betting Frenzy

BoyleSports report they will be facing some signifcant payouts after a huge gamble on Ireland winning the Eurovision Song Contest tonight in Lisbon.

Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s ‘Together’, which had been a 150/1 shot before the semi-final, is now just 7/1 third favourite to be the winning song at tonight’s ceremony. The entry has been involved in controversy after Eurovision pulled their contract with a Chinese broadcaster who censored images of rainbow flags and two males dancing during O’Shaughnessy’s performance during Tuesday night’s semi-final.

The incident has seen a surge in support for Ireland to win their first Eurovision Song Contest since 1996, and their odds of 66/1, even after their final qualification was secured, have now been decimated.

Cyprus are the 5/4 favourites to top the leaderboard and score their first ever Eurovision victory with Eleni Foureira’s performance of ‘Fuego’, but United Kingdom’s entry ‘Storm’ is one of the least popular selections in the betting and is out at 200/1 to deliver the UK’s first win since Katrina And The Waves in 1997.

We’ve had customers snap Ireland up at 150/1 before the gamble so it could be a damaging night for us

…and our loyalty to the flag has been left divided. The drama surrounding the track may have worked in Ryan’s favour and when you bring in a bit of political solidarity from our European neighbours as well as a favourable late draw, there’s plenty of ticks in the Irish box tonight.

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