Ireland misses out on a place in the Eurovision Song Contest grand final

Ireland misses out on a place in the Eurovision Song Contest grand final

Ireland has failed to qualify for the Eurovision final.

Brooke Scullion’s That’s Rich failed to get past tonight’s second semi-final of the competition and she was unable to secure one of the ten places contested by 18 countries needed to get into Saturday’s grand final.

Instead, they went to Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Azerbaijan, Australia, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Poland, and Serbia.

The Derry girl performed 10th in Turin, from where Eurovision stalwart commentator Marty Whelan ran the commentary for RTÉ.

Brooke, who had received videos of well-wishes from Meghan Trainor, Ronan Keating and Mika which were broadcast on RTÉ ahead of her performance, was dressed in a coordinated blue outfit as she opened her performance lying on a pink heart on the stage before jumping up to perform an energetic routine accompanied by a group of backing dancers.

Her performance was met with rapturous applause from the audience.

Memorable other performances tonight included those by Malta’s Emma Muscat, who sang the start of her ballad I Am What I Am while standing on a baby grand piano.

San Marino’s entry – Achille Lauro – performed his song Stripper with the help of a guitarist whose guitar spat out flames.

He also sang part of the pop-metal number while he cavorted on a mechanical bucking bull machine.

Serbia’s Konstrakta performed Corpore Sano while sitting in a chair in front of a white basin on a black stool.

The contest is being hosted in Italy because the country won last year’s contest, the grand finale for which was watched by 359,000 people in Ireland.

The Derry girl performed 10th in Turin, from where Eurovision stalwart commentator Marty Whelan ran the commentary for RTÉ

Ireland, which has won the song contest a record seven times, famously won four out of five contests in the 1990s and became the first country to win three times in a row.

Brooke’s slick pop song was selected as Ireland’s entry following The Late Late Show Eurosong Special earlier this year.

The 23-year-old singer placed third on The Voice UK in 2020.

The critically-acclaimed vocalist first found fame as a finalist on the 2020 series of The Voice UK, having been mentored by Grammy-award winning artist Meghan Trainor, and eventually finishing in 3rd place.

Brooke credits ‘70s legends Blondie as the major influence for her entry That’s Rich, having written the song after reading Debbie Harry’s autobiography.

The first semi-final of Eurovision took place on Tuesday at the Pala Olimpico arena.

Eurovision Song Contest favourites Ukraine were voted through to the Grand Final with the Kalush Orchestra’s song Stefania following a tense semi-final.

They are among 10 countries confirmed to compete at the final after acts from 17 countries took to the stage to fight for a

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