Picture: Bambie Thug on Facebook

After last year’s edition, the Emerald Isle continues to gear up for another Late Late Show Eurosong special. Over the course of several days, radio crazy Irish broadcaster RTÉ has been releasing the six competing entries. The fifth has found its way out: Bambie Thug with “Doomsday Blue”.

Ireland is releasing this year’s Eurosong entries one by one on the popular radio programme The Ray D’Arcy Show. Bambie Thug’s entry is the fifth of six to be played on RTÉ’s Radio 1. Between Monday and Wednesday, we have heard four other songs, with the remaining entry released on Friday.

Eurosong 2024: Bambie Thug

With this amazing stage name, Bambie Thug has been drawing attention to their music of late. Mixing different types and styles, the Cork-born musician has created their own genre which they call “Ouija Pop” – referring to the ouija, a spirit board used to contact the dead. 

Starting off their career as a ballerina in Ireland, Bambie Thug moved to the UK to study a degree in musical theatre. And from there on, they moved on to songwriting and performing. 

Ever since, their songs have been featured in major publications as The Gay Times and Rolling Stone UK. Next to that, Bambie Thug’s tracks have received airplay on BBC Radio. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bambie Thug – “Doomsday Blue” (Audio)

Talking to Irish broadcaster RTÉ, Bambie Thug said the following about their song “Doomsday Blue”: 

“It’s why it transports you from alt witchy verses to killer screams, pop choruses, a jazzy middle-eight, before ending in a metallic roar of electro and heavy guitars. It perfectly showcases the different facets of me as an artist. I can be explosive and hard-hitting, but I can also be sweet and soulful.”

“I voiced my interest in ‘maybe one day’ applying and my friends were so encouraging that I decided to run with it… and here we are.I am the perfect wildcard, I bring a unique song and performance that is both infectious, genre-defying and pushes the boundaries of anything Ireland has ever sent to Eurovision before, and I think that’s what we need this year.”

“As a proud Irish and non-binary artist, it would also be a massive honour to be able to represent such a huge proportion of our population that is so heavily underrepresented right now, the queer community.”

Do you think that Bambie Thug could win Eurosong 2024? Will they be able to fly the Irish flag at Eurovision 2024 and earn a ticket to Malmö? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dickie
Dickie
4 months ago

I’m bewitched! How will it sound live I wonder, but I really like it

Orla o’reilly
Orla o’reilly
4 months ago

Am loving this – it’s finished it’s on Spotify I’ve played it on repeat and it’s unique it has the Finland vibe from last year – out on the periphery – it stands out as different – I imagine the staging here is limitless opportunity – the drawback is the Irish themselves -they don’t see it won’t see it and will be drawn to boy bands when eurovision has just moved on
by the way Bambie Thug has a beautiful song on Spotify called Last Summer give it a listen

StuG
StuG
4 months ago

I can’t say that I enjoy this but it’s different and choosing something a bit left field can’t be a bad thing for Ireland. Clearly choosing inoffensive but bland/generic pop hasn’t been working. Considering how much music is a part of Irish culture and with artists like CMAT around though, I struggle to see how this is the best RTE can do.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
4 months ago

prefer Ailsha to this tbh

Ireland reached a stage where they just need to go fully wacky one year

Bambie here i feel she kinda toned down some of that darkness for eurosong in her entry, compared to her other work, to the point it becomes a bit too bland

+ Ailsha has irish in her entry so extra points from me for that queen of the misfits

esc kaos
esc kaos
4 months ago

she isnt Bjork, too darkness

Orla o’reilly
Orla o’reilly
4 months ago
Reply to  esc kaos

Bjork? Don’t be daft

Irishfan
Irishfan
5 months ago

I really find songs like this disturbing and creates and creates an ill feeling

Thallo
Thallo
5 months ago
Reply to  Irishfan

I think the juxtaposition between the screaming parts and the jazz/pop pre-chrous make the song really special.

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Irishfan

Perhaps, but art is about expressing ourselves… if this is what Bambie had to let loose out of her soul, then good for her. Better out than in.

LeSerg
LeSerg
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

She can do what she wants I don’t have to like it tho

LeSerg
LeSerg
5 months ago

Not getting how the world is liking those demonic sounding songs, it makes me really anxious. Like are there really people listening to those kind of songs? Horrific

Irishfan
Irishfan
5 months ago
Reply to  LeSerg

See my post above. I agree. I find it really disturbing

Michael Crosse
Michael Crosse
5 months ago
Reply to  Irishfan

Ouija Bord isint really demonic,even if it is we’ve all enjoyed a black magic chocolate. Which you should do with this song

LeSerg
LeSerg
4 months ago
Reply to  Michael Crosse

For me it’s sounds like that and I am not listening to those kind of songs but everyone is free to decide what to listen to. I am just shocked that there are many enjoying this.

LeSerg
LeSerg
4 months ago
Reply to  Michael Crosse

And I am just saying that it sounds demonic also if the lyrics are not living in that world but it’s just unlistenable for me

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
4 months ago
Reply to  LeSerg

And this is why it is the best choice for Ireland. There will be people who won’t like it or get and that’s fine but there will be many more who will admire it and therefore vote for it. It is not a run of the mill forgettable sing. It will be memorable and being memorable will lead to votes.

Dans
Dans
5 months ago

This would be a great choice for us, very original, however I fear it might be a bit to avant garde for the Late Late Show voters

Mike
Mike
4 months ago
Reply to  Dans

I don’t agree.. remember that those viewers sent a turkey before ?

Thallo
Thallo
5 months ago

This is top 5 potential! It reminds me of Hatari a lot, but much more appealing.

I’m worried about how a chaotic song like this could be staged in the tiny Late Late show studio. I hope Bambie works with clever camera angles to make it look like a music video, rather than having wide-angle shots of the studio so it looks like a school talent show performance. If she perfects her staging for in the Late Late show studio, she could win.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

If it reminds you of Hatari then it will get like 35 jury points max and about 150 – 200 televote points, which isn’t enough to reach the top 5.

Gmisk
Gmisk
5 months ago

Love this one, hopefully good love.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
5 months ago

Very original

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
5 months ago

Oh what a pleasant surprise! Second already for Ireland after Ailsha. Completely out of the box and super creative and interesting. Ireland seems to be really trying this year and I’m loving it 🙂

Rall
Rall
5 months ago

RTE has really gone full woke with their selection. 2 BLM activists, one non binary artist and zero Irish men. Now that’s what you call under represented.

Gmisk
Gmisk
5 months ago
Reply to  Rall

Nonsense. RTE have taken some risks with songs and artists good. Plus you are about to get 5 Irish men as the last act….spoiler they are going to be awful.

Thallo
Thallo
5 months ago
Reply to  Rall

This selection represents Ireland’s young population well. The vast majority of them are politically tuned in and very much left-leaning, similar to Iceland.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
5 months ago

OK, I don’t know yet if I like this, but at least this sounds more interesting than the other ones so far.
I fear though that this is something that won’t work at all in the setting of the Late Late Show.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
5 months ago

This would be amazing for ESC, but I don’t trust the Late Late Show jury. It’s about time Ireland sends something more out there, they’ve got nothing to lose.

Michael Crosse
Michael Crosse
5 months ago

A few potential qualifiers here at least some 5 and 4.5 stars in euro poll , it’s as if there is a different judging panel for this years songs , I like the song doomsday , bit like Tammy Wynette and some group , duet which was a huge hit .

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
5 months ago
Reply to  Michael Crosse

KLF is the group youre thinking of

Michael Crosse
Michael Crosse
5 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Thanks Andrew, as someone who likes a bet on musical events, I won’t be venturing here , too close to call

eurygo
eurygo
5 months ago

Bambie Thug, a name to remember, every now and then there is this stubborn entry that grabs you by the throat and then leaves you wanting more. It seems like sugar for the medecine and that medecine is extacy. very interesting, loving this very much and who cares if it does wel or not, I certainly don’t cause I’m happy the song exists. Well done Ireland for allowing these alternative artists to prevale

Noam600
Noam600
5 months ago

Wait, way Ireland still here.. they wanted to ban Eurovision because of Israel.. why they are still in the contest? Please leave!

Chris
Chris
5 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

Because we love children and peace on earth…

Darren
Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

Moron

Europotato
Europotato
5 months ago

I want to send them all through. Never thought I’d be saying that about Eurosong NF. But if had to choose. It’d be this or ailsha as I can see staging for these two songs being easy to do.

Jake
Jake
5 months ago

I’m really really scared of how these entries will be presented in that Late Late Show format. I hope it doesn’t all come through as cringe.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  Jake

I have a feeling most of these songs will and then the generic ones will be voted…regardless the older generation who mainly watch the talk show will not be able to relate to them…

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
5 months ago

Yes there is an older audience but they don’t necessarily vote. I also think the live audience will consist of a lot of Eurovision fans so the performances will sway them. The LLS does a lot of theme shows such as a country music show, toy show, Valentine’s show and a more diverse audience tunes in for these shows so there will be an audience who don’t usually watch the LLS but are watching it for Eurovision. The buzz online already is clearly identifying that Ireland needs to be bold and take a risk and hopefully those voting will listen… Read more »

Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC23

Yeah I’m more concerned about the ‘national jury’, going off the last few years they will want the most boring, safe, milquetoast entrant. The public and international jury does go for the more adventurous songs so as long as Bambie Thug and Ailsha can put on a good show on the Late Late small stage I think we should expect one of them to qualify.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC23

Without hearing the full version, I think Ailsha’s song has the most potential to be poppy but still stand out.

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
5 months ago

I just heard the official release this morning of Go Tobann and it has eased my concern about it being a noisy track. The new release is much clearer and it definitely sounds better than the first radio play. I still think Bambie just edges it but Go Tobann is definitely in the race.

Hector
Hector
5 months ago

I don’t know how the hell this is going to sound live or how it will be staged, but my God am I interested. Loving this risky route Ireland tries

vulnicura
vulnicura
5 months ago

WINNER!!!

Héctor
Héctor
5 months ago

I’d like to know who has taken over the selection process in Ireland this year. Certainly it can’t be the same people as past years. “Go Tabann” and “Doomsday Blues” fall in a unique category that shares many elements. Anyway, “Doomsday Blues” sounds more polished and less noisy, so I’ll go for this one without thinking it twice. The HOD was very pesimistic about Ireland chances but this will be a brilliant choice.

Stan cooper
Stan cooper
5 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Simple answer is, RTE had more Eurovision fans involved in the selection process this year.

Sometimes
Sometimes
5 months ago

I really like it(even though its questionable how the screamy bits would be done live with all the layering vocals…)
it would be so great if Ireland finally sends something unique and not safe

But do i believe the late late show watchers will vote for this? not a chance in the world sadly

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  Sometimes

Agreed!

LeSerg
LeSerg
5 months ago

Oh no what’s that?
This isn’t music guys
Just shocked
Prefer Ailsha over this

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago

Raiven and Bambie in same ESC would be slay

Roro31
5 months ago

Wow Ireland it’s you ? I think it’s a incredible selection ! I very love Bambie & Ailsha !
I love Erica Cody and Isabella too. But generic.

For me Bambie or Ailsha are the best but I’m very scary about the lives !!!!

Good Luck beautiful Ireland !

Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

Looking forward to hearing what Ailsha should sound like tomorrow when the song is released proper on youtube. There felt a noticeable difference in quality between the youtube and radio version of Doomsday Blue when I listened earlier. Either way both are the best chance of us reaching the final, and potentially even top 10 with good staging and RTE actually being serious. The other songs that have been released are good, this is the best selection we’ve had in years but I don’t think they qualify.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Very compressed!

Hello hi
Hello hi
5 months ago

Of course the live will make or break this .
Of all the enteries this year, this one has the most artistic potential . It’s the risk ireland needs to take .

Rdrd
Rdrd
5 months ago

I honestly think if this was selected to represent the likes of Serbia or Ukraine people would be calling it a potential winner! So odd that it’s in the Irish selection but I’ll be so disappointed if we don’t go for it. It has bags of potential, it will 100% stand out and with only 4 known songs I’d nearly bet now that with the right staging this would finish top 10 in the grand final. Praying to the Eurovision gods we as a nation don’t mess it up and pick something safe. It would be so nice to actually… Read more »

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
5 months ago
Reply to  Rdrd

Agreed. This is left side of the final scoreboard if the vocals and staging delivers.. Ireland do the right thing!

LeSerg
LeSerg
5 months ago
Reply to  Rdrd

What is there to like about that song?
Just not getting it

Rdrd
Rdrd
5 months ago
Reply to  LeSerg

I like the switch between the verses which are brash and in your face to the chilled chorus.
I like that it challenges the listener and asks us to open our minds in order to accept many genres in one 3 minute piece.
Also, I think it will lend itself very nicely to memorable staging.

LeSerg
LeSerg
4 months ago
Reply to  Rdrd

Ok I get the diversity point but I am just not wanting to hear those witchy and imo demonic sounds throughout music. Like open our minds for what?

Rdrd
Rdrd
4 months ago
Reply to  LeSerg

Open our minds to accept sounds they’re not over familiar with yet.
For example, when Billie Eilish released ‘Bad Guy’ at the start I remember people saying ‘god what’s with the weird song’ but the more it was heard and our minds adapted to it people started to love it. I get the same initial vibe from this, initially its jarring, but I think as people adapt this will really grow on people. For me it’s like Marlyn Manson meets Olivia Rodrigo in one song and I love that.

Lunairetic707
Lunairetic707
5 months ago

If Ireland takes this risk and sends them to ESC, the Renaissance era will finally begin. Crossing fingers for the most unique act Ireland has shown us in decades, probably the most distinctive since Eimear.

I need Bambie Thug on ESC now!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 months ago

And THERE’S the choice for Ireland.
Most interesting thing they’d had in any of their selections for years and something to be genuinely excited for. No idea how they’d make this work as a live performance or how close they’d get it to sounding like this…but considering the rest of the selection, even a trainwreck version of this is surely still the way to go.

Ron
Ron
5 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Bambie seems a great live vocalist from clips we’ve seen, very musical theatre – it wouldn’t be a big surprise if we got the best live performance of the evening from them.

Nils
Nils
5 months ago

I like the radical new approach by RTE. It was long overdue to have something that isn’t just mediocre and bland pop in the preselection, but this year RTE really goes all in. Good on them!

And at this point, I finally even dare to say it … welcome back, Ireland!

Yuarith
Yuarith
5 months ago

I loved Go Tobann, but this one’s a great entry too and now I’m torn! Either of them would do wonders for Ireland

Michael Keating
Michael Keating
5 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Common sense is that one of these two songs should prevail on the night, but I have an awful feeling that Walsh’s new boy band is going to get the nod.

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago

How is she gonna sing all of those vocal filters live lol

Anja
Anja
5 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Yeah, I’m thinking the same. For now, it’d be my pick (but not because it’s so good, the others are just so basic), but I can’t imagine it in a live version.

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

I hope the screams at the end are live, Nina Morato-style.

Darren
Darren
5 months ago

This would be the most unique experimental and stand out entry we’ve ever sent.
There’s no way this will be chosen but to be honest, I hope I’m wrong.
We need to stop sending safe, mid tempo, 00s pop-rock
This is what we need weither it qualifies or not, this is what Ireland needs to send.
But we won’t

Chris
Chris
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I think Ireland’s song from last year “We Are One” was so incredibly generic it’s changed the mind set of the RTE song selectors. I also think the general public might look for something new. I’m hoping anyway

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

That’s exactly why we need to send it. The international jury will award it the top score, but whether it wins or not is all down to how the Irish jury and viewers vote. If enough young people and fans in the UK vote, then they’ll help it along. The peanut gallery panel will be highly influential too. If it’s anything like last year’s panel, then we might have something here. If it’s anything like the 2022 panel, then they’ll prop up the boyband. Either way, we really need this or Ailsha at Eurovision. No more bland, predictable entries. It’s… Read more »

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Last year’s Irish entry was so cliched and dated. This song is as far away from that as possible so a positive leap in the right direction. Connolly should have been chosen last year and I am hoping this year the best song is chosen.

Chris
Chris
5 months ago

At first I was wtf is this, it felt like a journey listening to the song. And I could picture it on stage . That’s a very good sign. It’s unique, it’s different and it grabs attention something Ireland have struggled with since Jedward.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 months ago

As experimental entries go, I like “Doomsday Blue” better than Portugal’s “Telemoveis” in 2019. I doubt that Ireland will go for this though.

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
5 months ago

This is a contender. If staged well it shifts in do many directions. This could be a top 5 in the actual contest. After 30 years of watching Eurovision you get feelings and this might be one of winner

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
5 months ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

I’m Irish and I would love to see it. ???

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
5 months ago

I admit I didn’t expect a song like this coming from Ireland. It’s a mess – but a mess in the best possible way and I’m here for it. I feel this will be amazing experience live.

Zanoni
Zanoni
5 months ago

This is my favorite of the Irish options (the only challenger is Ailsha, and I’m still waiting to hear a passable mix of her song), but “Love Bites” was the safer song to pick.

Chris
Chris
5 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

I think the big issue is that Alisha and Bambie bring a similar crazy vibe. It might split their vote. And a more generic pop song gets selected.

Zanoni
Zanoni
5 months ago
Reply to  Chris

This worries me too.

Zanoni
Zanoni
4 months ago
Reply to  Chris

I don’t want either of them to flop, but I hope one of them emerges as a live standout.

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

I just listened to Love Bites, thank you!

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago

After one listen, I honestly don’t know if I like it or not. It is not vanilla, at least.

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

After two listens, I have decided I do like it.

Steven
Steven
5 months ago

Jury would crush it, and crush it hard. ESC would be partly pro and partly con. Televote would give it anywhere from 0 to 150. Those are the facts, wheter someone agree or disagree

Steven
Steven
5 months ago
Reply to  Steven

ESC fandom

Leo M
Leo M
5 months ago

Very interested to see how this could be staged but then the RTE studio isn’t going to give much in that regard. This or Go Tobann please Ireland, no more safe entries. Pls take a risk

Chris
Chris
5 months ago
Reply to  Leo M

I fear they’ll cancel each other out on the televote

SarahM
SarahM
5 months ago

I think this could be a great option for Ireland to send. I think the production is great and IMO successfully mixes different genres of music. It shouldn’t work but it does.
It would be interesting to see how they can switch to the soft bluesy singing to screams live on stage. The staging will have to be well executed, something RTE struggles with due to budget restraints. On a positive note, Bambie has a strong visual look and has a background in theatre so I think it should work out.

Zisk
Zisk
5 months ago

I would love if we sent this but god forbid the average Late Late Show viewer and the banal jury of ‘pop experts’ they use have to have a thought beyond the safest most mainstream option submitted.

Pandaman
Pandaman
5 months ago
Reply to  Zisk

But then, someone picked it as one of the contestants! 🙂 Have faith!

finnished
finnished
5 months ago

Ireland has nothing to lose, this is a risk worth taking

Dida
Dida
5 months ago

Such a mess. Jesus, what have I listened just now? Or how high am I? This is a total disaster…

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
5 months ago
Reply to  Dida

The winners never have everyone on side but they have the majority. It appears a lot more people love this than hate it. Those that love it will get behind it and vote. This is a song that will get votes rather than a meh song that people think is nice.

Tino
Tino
5 months ago

Is they trying to cast a spell and want to invoke demons on ESC stage? If yes then I need to see this in Malmö.
People were asking for Ireland to take risk? Here it is. It’s trash, it’s dirty, it’s messy as hell but I freaking want to see what staging they prepare for this.
Some people will say it’s horrible. I will say I prefer to listen to this a thousand times than to last year Let 3’s song.

WALLY
WALLY
5 months ago

Perhaps the 8th victory of Ireland? It will depend on the stage and the voice in live, but it’s a jewell. Please, Ireland, don’t doubt and choose it. I’ll vote for it from Spain.

LeSerg
LeSerg
5 months ago
Reply to  WALLY

How is that a possible eurovision winner? Must be a joke

Orla o’reilly
Orla o’reilly
4 months ago
Reply to  LeSerg

You don’t understand it then.. it’s a masterpiece

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
5 months ago

It’s unusual and very original. Really surprised overall by Ireland this year.