Eurovision: Ireland fail to reach final, denying end of nearly three-decade song contest win drought | Ents & Arts News


Ireland failed to qualify for the Eurovision Grand Final.

Brooke Scullion was hoping to turn Ireland’s recent fortunes upside down in the contest, but her performance on pop-breaking track That’s Rich fell short.

The country has competed 54 times, winning seven times, but has not won since 1996 with Eimear Quinn’s The Voice.

Although she received enthusiastic applause after her energetic performance, Scullion – who wore a coordinating blue outfit as she opened her performance lying on a pink heart on stage – failed to win over international audiences.

The 23-year-old singer previously came third on The Voice UK in 2020 with the help of mentor singer Meghan Trainor.

BBC Three commentators Scott Mills and Rylan Clark shared their commiserations with Ireland, with Clark saying: “I have to say that too, gutted for Ireland. But I know Brooke is just going to come out and have a very good night tonight.”

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Among those who managed to secure a place in Saturday’s Grand Final was Czech contender We Are Domi, with his Lights Off performance.

The electropop trio met while studying at Leeds College of Music and broke into the top 10 with a strobe show.

In classic Eurovision style, the second semi-final featured a number of original performances, including Serbian Konstrakta – who won over the audience with her peculiar song about Meghan Markle, securing a place in the top 10.

Sweden also secured a place in the final, with Cornelia Jakobs spending the majority of her performance on the floor lit by a color-changing circle.

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Although Australian representative Sheldon Riley’s rhinestone face covering helped earn him a spot in the final, unique looks didn’t help Georgia’s Circus Mircus – who failed to make it into the finals. Top 10 with her extravagant facial hair and accessories.

Achille Lauro from San Marino, who finished his performance on a wild horse after taking the stage in a black feather bower and cowboy hat, also missed out on a place in the final.

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British participant Sam Ryder

Israel, Malta, Cyprus, North Macedonia and Montenegro have also failed.

Finland had a better chance of securing a place in the top 10 as their representative rock band The Rasmus entertained the crowd after opening the second semi-final with their song Jezebel.

Romania, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Poland and Estonia are also confirmed to take part in the final after performers from 18 countries took to the stage in Turin, Italy.

The 10 winning countries will join the 10 who also secured places in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will take place on Saturday where the 20 winning countries will compete to be crowned the winners.

The UK is one of five big nations – also including Spain, Germany, France and Italy – who do not have to qualify from the semi-finals and automatically advance to the final.

TikTok star, 32, Sam Ryder will represent the UK on Saturday with his pop song Space Man.

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