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Friday, 31 May 2013 15:40

Ireland: Keith Hanley is Odds On Favourite

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Only Love Survives, sung by Ryan Dolan on behalf of Ireland could only muster up five points in the final and therefore finished at the bottom of the scoreboard, a fate which they had already succumbed to back in 2007 with They Can't Stop the Spring performed by Dervish. RTÉ, the broadcaster responsible for the participation have pledged that they will be present next year due to the successful ratings back home as well as a successful history which includes seven victories, the last of which coming back in 1996. 

Paddy Power, the Irish website for all sports and event betting odds have already published a long list of possible participants on behalf of the nation in 2014. This time last year, it was Leanne Moore who was the principle favourite and whilst she is on the list, she is only seventh this time round. Moore had won You're A Star a couple of years back and has been one of the female backing vocalists during the Irish performance for three straight years.It seems that a male performer is being seen as the next representative noting that all of the names with sterling odds are male. 

Keith Hanley is the odds on favourite with odds at 9/2 but he is closely followed by Shane Filan at 7/1 respectively. Hanley is the winner of the second season of The Voice and thus has a recording contract with Universal Music Ireland whilst Filan was the lead vocalist behind the group, Westlife. It will be interesting to see whether high profile names will be interested in representing Ireland although one of the former members of Westlife, Nicky did read out the votes on the night. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Paddy Power

Last modified on Friday, 31 May 2013 15:42