Ireland miss out on final Eurovision Song Contest spot

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Ireland missed out on a final spot in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Brooke Scullion, 23, performed her song “That’s Rich” in the second semi-final on Thursday night.

The grand finale is due to take place on Saturday.

The annual competition kicked off on Tuesday with the first semi-final, featuring 17 countries, while the second semi-final was held on Thursday, featuring 18 countries.

Ten countries from each semi-final have qualified for Saturday’s final, and they will be joined by the automatically qualified “big five” from Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the United Kingdom, who together foot the competition bill.

The competition takes place at the Pala Olimpico in Turin, with a capacity of 12,300 seats, the largest covered hall in Italy.

Ms Scullion has a long history with the show, having appeared as an extra in Derry Girls and Game of Thrones.

In 2020, she finished third in the BBC reality competition, The Voice, where she was mentored by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor.

Scullion was dressed in a coordinating 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 supporting dancers.

famous faces

Ahead of his performance, Scullion received well wishes from a number of famous faces, including Trainor, Ronan Keating and Mika. American singer-songwriter Trainor said: “Superstar Brooke, I love you, I miss you, good luck at Eurovision, you are going to kill. “This is Rich is a hit, have so much fun and remember how talented and amazing you are.”

Eurovision host Mika sent a video of him in a car dancing to his song.

The second semi-final opened with Finland’s representative The Rasmus giving a dramatic performance of Jezebel dressed in black and yellow.

Israel followed with Michael Ben David, the country’s newest X Factor winner, performing his song IM

Serbian contestant Konstrakta performed a particular song about Meghan Markle, then Georgia entertained the audience with a colorful performance by Circus Mircus, whose members sported a variety of hair and outlandish accessories.

eye-catching

One of the most eye-catching performances came from Achille Lauro from San Marino, who donned a spectacular outfit with a black feather boa and a diamond-encrusted cowboy hat, before finishing his performance on a horse. wild.

Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, which performed in Tuesday’s first semi-final, is the favorite to win the final.

Ireland has been plagued by Eurovision heartbreak for the past decade. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Ireland have failed to reach the final on nine occasions.

The last time the country finished in the top 10 was in 2011, when Jedward finished eighth. -PENNSYLVANIA

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