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Ireland fails to make Eurovision final – but a song about Meghan Markle has better luck

Ireland failed to reach the Eurovision grand final.

Brooke Scullion was hoping to improve Ireland’s fortunes, but her performance of That’s Rich, a pop break-up song, did not make it into the final.

The country has been in competition 54 times and has won on record seven occasions. However, it has not won since 1996 when Eimear Quinn’s The Voice was launched.

Scullion, who was wearing a blue co-ordinated outfit and opened her performance on a pink heart on stage, received a standing ovation but failed to win over the international audience.

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The 23-year old singer was previously third on The Voice UK in 2020, with mentor Meghan Trainor.

Rylan Clark and Scott Mills, BBC Three’s commentators, shared their sympathies with Ireland. Clark said: “I must also say this, gutted for Ireland. Brooke will just go out and have an amazing night tonight, I’m sure.

Image: These boys from Norway sang Give That Wolf A Banana. Pic: AP

The Czech Republic’s entry We Are Domi performed Lights Off and was successful in securing a spot in Saturday’s grand finale.

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The electropop trio met while they were studying at Leeds College of Music. They made it to the top 10, with a strobe-fuelled performance.

The second semi-final was in Eurovision style. It featured many quirky performances, including Konstrakta from Serbia – who impressed the crowd with her song about Meghan Markle and secured herself a spot in the top 10.

Sweden was also in the final with Cornelia Jakobs, who spent most of her performance illuminated by a colour-changing circular.

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Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra makes it to the final

Despite Sheldon Riley, Australia’s representative, winning a place in final with his diamante face cover, Georgia’s Circus Mircus failed to secure a top-10 spot with their extravagant facial hairstyles and accessories.

Achille Lauro from San Marino, who took to the stage wearing a cowboy hat and a black feather bower, ended his performance on the buckingbronco. He also missed out on the final.

Image Sam Ryder is the UK’s entry.

Also, Montenegro, Malta, Cyprus and North Macedonia were all unsuccessful.

Finland was able to secure a top-10 spot with more luck than their representative rock band The Rasmus. They entertained the crowds after opening the second semifinal with their song Jezebel.

After 18 acts took to Turin, Italy, to perform, Romania, Belgium and Azerbaijan were confirmed as participating in the final.

The 10 countries that have been successful will be joining the 10 that secured their places in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

On Saturday, the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will be held. The 20 finalists will compete for the title of winner.

The UK is one of the Big Five countries, which also includes France, Spain, Germany and Italy. They do not need to qualify for the semi-final stage to be eligible to automatically access the final.

On Saturday, the UK will be represented by Sam Ryder, a TikTok star who is 32 years old and his pop song Space Man.

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