Bookie's choice: Logan for Ireland

by Richard West-Soley 107 views

Three-time representative for Ireland, Johnny Logan, has emerged as the bookies' favourite to represent the Emerald Isle at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, ahead of international stars such as Ronan Keating and Daniel O'Donnell. He is also 250/1 to be the artist on top of the Irish charts on Christmas day!

Johnny tops the odds at 4-1 to be the Irish representative in Finland next year, which would be his fifth outing at the Eurovision Song Contest after winning as a performer in 1980 and 1987, and appearing as a writer for the 1984, 1987 and 1992 entries. On Saturday night's Tubridy Night show, the singer raised hopes for a comeback by stating "you need to ask me to do it again!" He also admitted that his love of Eurovision had waned recently after the demise of the orchestra.

Johnny is flanked by a clutch of Irish musical celebrities in the bookies' rankings, with former Boyzone and Westlife stars joining him in the speculative line-up. Ronan Keating, whoco-hostedthe 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, comes in third on odds of 8-1.

Brian McFadden, who wrotethe Irish Eurovision Song Contestentry in 2004 with Jonathan Shortan, is on 12-1 odds alongsideKeith Duffy. McFadden's entry, If my world stopped turning, was sung by ChrisDoran in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest final, where it won only 7 points and finished 23rd out of 24.

Shane Lynch istipped as a16-1 shot, with former Irish chart starlet Samantha Mumba eighth favourite on odds of 20-1 to represent Ireland. The Conway Sisters, who came sixth on ITV's The X-Factor in the UK, join her on the same odds. Former Eurovision stars are not overlooked, with Dana (1970) on 14-1 and Dickie Rock (1966) on 40-1. The full odds can be found at the end of this article.

Betting in Ireland for the Chistmas number one chart position has Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden locked together on odds of 33/1 along with former two-time Eurovision Song Contest participant for the United Kingdom, Sir Cliff Richard. Johnny Logan is rated as a long shot at 250/1. Favourites at 4/1 are the recently reunited British boyband from the 1990s, Take That, with McFadden's former band, Westlife second favourites at 7/1.

4-1 for Johnny Logan
8-1 for Lucia Evans
8-1 for Ronan Keating
8-1 for Daniel O'Donnell
10-1 for Linda Martin
12-1 for Brian McFadden
12-1 for Keith Duffy
14-1 for Dana
16-1 for Shane Lynch
20-1 for Smantha Mumba
20-1 for Bel X1
20-1 for Conway Sisters
33-1 for Joe Dolan
40-1 for Dickie Rock
50-1 for U2
150-1 for John Aldridge
500-1 for Brendan Kilkenny
500-1 for Brendan O'Caroll

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.

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