Bursting into Eurovision 2024 in a gloriously witchy supernova is Ireland’s Bambie Thug! The Cork-born singer was chosen to represent the Emerald Isle via Ireland’s national final Eurosong back in January. Since then, they’ve gone on to showcase their originality and unforgettable live performances through pre-party season.

With such a unique entry to the world of Eurovision, let’s dive right in to 10 Facts about Bambie Thug. There’s a lot to cover so get ready!

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10 Facts about Bambie Thug

1. They created their own genre, “Ouija-Pop”

Bambie invented their own genre of music called Ouija-Pop, to classify the incredible art they create. They made this category after not wanting to be confined to one sound, and so they could mix inspirations to create something new. Speaking to Gay Times, they said “my stuff is hyperpunk avant electro-pop. We call it grit pop or rot but recently I’ve been coining the term ‘ouija pop'”.

2. They were the first ever selected non-binary Eurovision participant

Bambie is a non-binary artist, and uses they/them pronouns, as well as fae/faer. They were the first-ever non-binary current-year Eurovision act upon selection (Molly Sterling – who represented Ireland in 2015 – came out as non-binary after their participation). Speaking to Wiwibloggs, when asked what it feels like to come into the Eurovision space, known for it’s LGBTQIA+ representation, Bambie said, “It feels incredible to have the opportunity to represent that side of the community and it also it actually feels extra special to have Nemo [from Switzerland] as well, to have another”.

3. They like to work with fellow queer artists on their work

When creating, they like to collaborate with LGBTQIA+ artists. Speaking to Wiwibloggs about the complexity of the visuals in their music video, Bambie said “Well it was a room full of queers making it, so…!”, in regards to the artistry. They said that most of the team on their side are non-binary – they are clearly inspired by fellow queer creatives and it shows in the power behind the work.

4. They grew up around music and would re-write musicals as a child

On RTÉ’s The Late Late Show, Bambie discussed their childhood, where they would tweak musicals with their sister Holly. Speaking to host Patrick Kielty, Bambie said “We would always re-write musicals and annoy my mum by putting on elaborate shows”. They said that they were “always made to be the bouncer, or the man and they would stuff me and make me really fat”. Sounds like quite the experience to watch! They grew up around many genres growing up, including rap, rock, musicals and jazz.

5. Witchcraft is a huge part of who they are

Bambie practices witchcraft, and when asked by Wiwibloggs about their staging in Malmö, they said “I mean, it’s gonna be witchy! You know, it’s part of me”. They have spoken about Ireland’s history of paganism being important to them, and it is clear in their music video that witchcraft is key to them. When discussing what their Eurovision entry “Doomsday Blue” is about, they joked about hexing their ex – one of the protagonists of the song!

When our own Deban Adaremi asked Bambie if they would hex him, they replied “oh no, no, no, not right now! No i wouldn’t, I practice good magic, light magic”.

6. They are half-Irish, half-Swedish

Bambie has had a bit of a running joke thorugh pre-party season that they are the most Swedish act at Eurovision this year (since Marcus & Martinus representing Sweden are Norwegian). Bambie’s father is from Sweden, making Bambie half-Swedish!

7. They have an an EP called ‘Cathexis’

Bambie has been releasing music for a while, including singles such as “Tsunami (11:11)” (as performed at the London Eurovision Party), but in 2023 they released an EP called Cathexis. The word ‘cathexis’ means “the concentration of mental energy on one particular person, idea, or object (especially to an unhealthy degree)”. This can be seen in their Eurovision song “Doomsday Blue”, about an ex and deploying a hex upon them. The entry is included on the EP, as well as songs such as “Last Summer (I Know What You Did)” and “Careless”.

8. The inspiration behind the name Bambie Thug

Bambie changed their first name to Bambie after coming out, so chose to add Thug to this for their artist name to have that juxtaposition. They said that they like the clash in meanings because Bambie is sweet but Thug is the opposite. As a person they feel more Bambie. Their lyrcis provide the Thug element!

9. Their first love in music was…Westlife?!

Surprisingly, given the intense vibes in Bambie’s music now, Bambie’s first love in music was Irish superstar boyband Westlife. On The Late Late Show, Bambie said that Westlife were their first five concerts. They went on to say they wanted to member band member Shane when they were little. Given Westlife’s squeaky clean image, we’d love it if we found out Shane were voting for them during Eurosong!

10. Bambie studied ballet

Bambie initially moved ot London to study ballet at the Urdang Academy. However, after an injury they were not able to continue. You can see ballet influences in the staging used at the Irish national selection, Eurosong. It is noticably present during the chorus, and further shows the complexity and mix of styles in Bambie’s music, combining ballet with ouija-pop.

You can find out more about Ireland’s Bambie Thug as we head to Malmö shortly! Stay tuned to Wiwibloggs for more facts about the class of 2024, and let us know what you think of “Doomsday Blue” in the comments!

 

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Nadiia
Nadiia
27 days ago

Good that Ukraine performs after Ireland.

Marlinken
Marlinken
29 days ago

Witchcraft is a necessity. Europeans should break with the middle-eastern Abrahamic monster and return to the magic of our pagan ancestors.

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
29 days ago
Reply to  Marlinken

If the good Witches from both middle-eastern Abrahamic traditions and the magic of our pagan western ancestors join forces the Planet would be FINE.

The culpritt sits in our Gov’s worldwide.

Avrecadavra!!
May the best Hex Spell save Grace.

LawnaDellPlay
LawnaDellPlay
1 month ago

She is so utterly contrived

Orla Burke
Orla Burke
1 month ago

My god she was amazing on the late late show last night – has anyone else got this talent in Eurovision 2024? Nope ?

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
1 month ago
Reply to  Orla Burke

Last night’s version would be top 5 in the final… I can’t stop listening… The lyrics drip like tears from the notes.

Burke34@mail.com
29 days ago

to Those who appreciate a good song

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

Brilliant performance last night!

Hon the Bambz!!!

SEIMÍ
SEIMÍ
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Just goes to show how talented and multifaceted they are.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what they’re going to bring to the stage in Malmö.

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

I’ve had it on loop for about 2hrs… What a voice.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren
FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago

helllooooo, I believe this is Bambie their mother witch: Aisel,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhZ_5Dk1d6w

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
1 month ago
Reply to  FizzPunk

It’s time for a ‘witch off’… Which witch will win… wwww 🙂

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago

Hahahahaha, the one with the best Spell!!!!

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

I think this is what Raiven attempted to do, but never got around too. Bambie Thug just does the witch thing better and cooler

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Um no. This was never Raiven’s style.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

When Raiven said it was witchy style this is what I had in mind..
And I actually think this is better too. It has a very unique style and unique voice. Should get through

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

There are many shades of witchy styles and many types of witches. And when you look at her three NF songs, it’s bizarre to come to the conclusion that
Raiven was ever gonna sound like Bambi.

Marlinken
Marlinken
29 days ago
Reply to  Denis

No competition needed. Ireland, Slovenia and Norway are all bringing different aspects of pagan magic this year and we should bow down before all three.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago

Fae/faer? Do me a fa/vour…
People be making stuff now.

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
1 month ago

And to reiterate the message below.. get your tissues out. From where it all began, but with proper sound… Doomsday Blue acoustic version:

https://youtu.be/qmSxPm1YcmQ?si=LSn9WdM8XzanolZT

zelenovi
zelenovi
1 month ago

M O N A R C H

Hello hi
Hello hi
1 month ago

The national final performance of “doomsday blue” was an absolute mess , shocking bad !
However last night this
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qmSxPm1YcmQ&pp=ygULYmFtYmllIHRodWc%3D

Please watch this !

An acoustic version of was really special and preformed beautifully

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
1 month ago
Reply to  Hello hi

Rinse and repeat, and repeat, and repeat, and repeat… Sooo good.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

I suffer from Eurovision cathexis.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Top 10 for Ireland incoming!

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

I just love her.. amazing artist as a whole and Doomsday Blue is my #2 for this year.. love it