Ireland miss out on Eurovision grand final

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Irish Eurovision hopeful Brooke Scullion lit up the stage at Turin’s PalaOlimpico in the second semi-final of the song contest but failed to clinch a place in Saturday’s grand final.

The 22-year-old Derry native impressed with her incredibly upbeat pop track It’s rich but failed to break Ireland’s bad luck streak in the contest.

Ireland last qualified for the Eurovision final in 2018 with Ryan O’Shaughnessy and his song Together.

Scullion, who garnered a huge crowd reaction at the launch of his track, put on a polished and energetic performance with his backing quartet of dancers, but the vote ultimately didn’t go his way.

She was the tenth act to take the stage at the PalaOlimpico, with a total of 18 countries competing for 10 places in the final.

Belgium, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Australia, Sweden, Romania and Serbia all qualified for Saturday’s grand final.

Big favorites Ukraine were among ten countries to advance to the final of Tuesday night’s first semi-final, alongside Armenia, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Switzerland.

The Ukrainian orchestra Kalush is the favorite to win Eurovision this year. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

Finland’s The Rasmus were the first act to take to the stage in Thursday night’s second semi-final, with the rock band performing their track Jezebel on a stage flooded with balloons and pyrotechnics.

Israeli hopeful Michael Ben David was next with his song I AM.

The Serbian group Konstrakta took the stage with In Corpore Sano.

Azerbaijani Nadir Rustamli touched the heart with Fade to black.

Georgia’s Circus Mircus presented an eccentric performance with lock me up.

Malta’s Emma Muscat was next with her eye-catching look I am what I am.

Achille Lauro from San Marino donned a sparkly jumpsuit and cowboy hat for a steamy rendition of his track Stripper.

Australian singer Sheldon Riley seriously worked his vocal cords performing his great ballad Not the same.

Andromache from Cyprus gave a sultry performance with his track Ela.

Irish Brooke Scullion then took the stage with her track It’s rich. It’s fair to say that a storm has hit the PalaOlimpico.

Andrea from North Macedonia took the tempo down a notch with her song Circles.

Estonian Stefan gave her socks with his track Hope.

The Romanian WRS thrilled the crowd Blade.

Poland’s Ochman impressed with his vocal range on his song River.

Montenegro Vladana put in an impressive performance with her track Breathe.

Belgian Jérémie Makiese was the next to perform with his track I miss you.

Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs knocked it out of the park with Hold me closer.

We Are Domi from the Czech Republic concluded the live performances with Lights off.

The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday May 14 at 8 p.m. You can catch it live on RTÉ One, RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio 1.

Photos: EBU

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