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Eurovision fever climbs as Ireland gets 24th slot - Video

Ireland have received their running order position - and it guarantees us plenty of phone votes.

As Eurovision fever climbs in Ireland the organisers selected the running order on Thursday night, they decided Ireland will perform 24th of the 26 songs in the final tomorrow night.

Our running order buddy will once again be hot favourite Cyprus, who are performing at 25.

In the semi final the Irish and Cypriot delegation had fun together backstage as they performed 18th and 19th respectively.

Independent.ie reports that while Cyprus remains the hot favourite to win the competition, Ireland has been steadily rising up the bookies' odds - and the digital charts - since Ryan O'Shuaghnessy qualified on Tuesday.

Ireland is now the only ballad in the second half of the show, meaning it's sure to stand out for televoters.

While RTÉ has not commented on the increased speculation concerning an Irish win, it's understood the broadcaster is prepared to host the show in Dublin in 2019.


Sligo Today notes that Ireland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 52 times since making its debut at the 1965 Contest in Naples and remains the most successful country in the contest, with a total of seven wins.

Ireland has also achieved second place four times and third once.

Ireland is one of the few countries to have achieved consecutive wins (along with Spain, Luxembourg and Israel) and the only country to win consecutively three times, and the nation won again in 1996, meaning four victories were achieved in five years.

Ireland is one of eight countries never to turn down the chance to host the Eurovision Song Contest.

There was a shock result in last night's second semi-final when Russia was knocked out of the contest.

The Eurovision Grand Final takes place on Saturday, May 12 at 8pm on RTÉ One.

See how this Irish fan reacts to Tuesday's semi final result:

WARNING:: The video contains some expletives.