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Ireland in Eurovision 2018

Who will represent Ireland at Eurovision Song Contest 2018?

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Ireland has tried everything to make it to the Eurovision Grand Final in recent years. It sent Dustin the Turkey, Jedward and most recently a Galway man in a hot-air balloon.

Ireland’s Eurovision song contest entry for 2017 failed to qualify for the finals. Brendan Murray from Galway sang “Dying to Try”, which unfortunately didn't take us through to the finals for the fourth year running. 

Alas, Brendan Murray failed to qualify in Kiev in 2017. But it could be as simple as a plastic bag - as comedy duo The Rubberbandits are now seen as favourites to represent Ireland in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The odds to send the pair to Lisbon next year have been slashed in half after BoyleSports were inundated with bets on Monday. Mr Chrome and Blindboy Boatclub are now priced at 8/1 to head for the song contest next year, having been initially at 16/1.

Aoife Heffron, spokeswoman for BoyleSports, said: "Punters were out in force on Monday to get behind the Rubberbandits to represent Ireland in the 2018 Eurovision. The Rubberbandits tweeted: 'We'll do Eurovision, if the Irish public collaborate with us. To make the worst, tackiest song ever. So everyone is to blame'.

So, in a bid to get Ireland back to the glory days of Johnny Logan, journalist Jenn Gannon took to the Irish Times to say she believes that the country needs to “take back control of our song selection” and get “passionate again”. She then suggested that next year Ireland has to ask “bone fide pop star” Samantha Mumba to represent the country in Portugal. "Our next effort is sung by Samantha Muma,” she wrote. “A bone fide pop star whose surname almost sounds like ABBA which is obviously a sign that this is our destiny." Turns out, Sam is well up for it. She even retweeted the article saying that, “she’d love to”.

In spite of winning more times than any other country, Ireland hasn’t had a win since 1996, so sending Samantha to the host country might not be a bad idea.