Eurovision: Graham Norton says Ireland are the 'dark horses' this year

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4 May 2023, 08:51

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Graham Norton has hinted Ireland’s Eurovision entry might be the dark horse of this year’s competition.

The final of the international song competition is set to air on the BBC next weekend, hosted by Virgin Radio’s own Graham Norton, who will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina.

Norton has been a part of the UK’s Eurovision coverage for a number of years now, so it’s fair to say he knows what he’s talking about.

This year, he thinks Ireland’s entry Wild Youth might be in the running as winner.

Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine on Wednesday (3rd May), the presenter said: What I like about it is that it's in Liverpool, but actually it's in the UK, there's a real sense that everyone is excited about this."

He continued: "Mae Muller is really, really good, Loreen is the favourite from Sweden, (but) I think little dark horses might be those boys from Ireland.

"It's a good athematic song and I just saw a little bit of their dress rehearsal and it's really well styled.

"They've got a disco gold jumpsuit... if they get through the semi-final I think they might do well on the night."

Wild Youth, comprising of Conor O’Donohoe, Callum McAdam, Ed Porter and David Whelan, will next represent Ireland in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest on 9th May with their song We Are One.

In order to compete in the finale on 13th May, the group must qualify from the semi-final, going up against entries from the likes of Sweden and Finland.

Despite participating in the song contest more than 50 times, Ireland hasn’t qualified for a final since Ryan O’Shaughnessy entered with his song Together in 2018.

Maybe this is the year!