Ireland Now a Eurovision 2024 Favorite After Qualifying for First Time in Five Years

  • Ireland has qualified for the Eurovision final for the first time since 2018
  • Irish entry Bambie Thug is a non-binary, self-described witch
  • The country is now +1100 to win the final, behind four other nations
Irish flag with microphone
Ireland is back in the mix for Eurovision victory after five years of not qualifying for the final. [Image:]

Despite going into the semi-finals as an outside shot, Ireland has now qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2024. Not only that, the nation has become one of the favorites to take the trophy in Saturday’s live event in Malmö, Sweden.

Ireland is tied with Sweden as the most successful country in Eurovision, both with seven victories each. However, the nation hasn’t qualified for the final since 2018. In stepped Bambie Thug to break that curse in Tuesday’s first semi-final.

Bambie Thug, a non-binary, self-described witch, performed their song Doomsday Blue in the semi-final. The satanic performance has predictably led to a mixed reaction on X, with one user claiming that in all of Eurovision history Bambie Thug had just given:

the most original performance we EVER had.”

Others questioned if the act was “family friendly,” given that the song is about practicing withcraft, casting spells, and satanic sacrifice. Bambie Thug has also caused controversy by making very public their stance on the Israel-Gaza conflict. In a press conference after the semi-final, they told reporters they were forced to remove pro-ceasefire messaging on their outfit.

Whatever the case, Bambie Thug has put Ireland right in the mix ahead of Saturday’s final. A bet on Ireland will secure +1100 odds. That puts the country fifth favorite, behind Croatia (+110), Switzerland (+350), Italy (+600), and Ukraine (+1000).

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