Ireland’s hopes of competing on the 67th Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final have been dashed on Tuesday (9 May) as they crashed out within the semis.
The first of two semi-finals kicked off within the host metropolis of Liverpool tonight as 15 nations fought for a spot within the ultimate.
As of this yr, solely viewers’ votes will determine which nations will make it via from the semi-finals to the grand ultimate.
The 10 to progress included this yr’s favorite, Sweden (Loreen singing “Tattoo”), Finland, Norway, Israel, Serbia, Portugal, Croatia, Switzerland, Moldova and Czechia.
Meanwhile, the 5 nations with the bottom variety of votes and subsequently out of the competitors have been: Malta, Latvia, Ireland, Azerbaijan and Netherlands.
Ireland was represented by the Dublin indie rock band Wild Youth and their tune “We Are One”.
Ireland has participated in Eurovision greater than 50 instances and has a report seven wins, however has didn’t qualify for the ultimate since Ryan O’Shaughnessy entered together with his tune Together in 2018.
Frontman Conor O’Donohoe wore a inexperienced shamrock necklace and a glowing gold jumpsuit because the band took to the stage.
But pyrotechnics and shimmering gold lighting weren’t sufficient to win over the voting public.
The night kicked off with a brief video that includes native well-known faces together with Wirral-born TV baker Paul Hollywood, actor Ricky Tomlinson and the late Paul O’Grady.
There was additionally a shock pre-recorded look from the King and Queen, who unveiled the staging final month.
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Britain’s Got Talent choose Alesha Dixon and Ted Lasso actress Hannah Waddingham hosted alongside Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina of the band The Hardkiss. All three wore extravagant outfits that includes an array of leather-based, big bows and rainbow colors.
Waddingham joked they have been “honorary Liver Birds for the evening” whereas Sanina welcomed viewers with a message in her native Ukrainian.
She later thanked “beautiful Liverpool” for welcoming Ukraine and its folks “with open arms”.
The subsequent semi-final will happen on Thursday (11 May) forward of the Grand Final on Saturday (13 May).
You can discover out extra details about find out how to watch Eurovision right here.
This yr, Mae Muller will symbolize the UK. Find out all it is advisable to find out about her right here.
Additional reporting from PA