Ireland fail to claim spot in Eurovision final

Ireland fail to claim spot in Eurovision final

Update 10.20pm: Sarah McTernan lost out on a spot in this year's Eurovision Song Contest final.

Her upbeat pop song 22 failed to wow the judges and audience.

Just ten countries from tonight's semi-final are going through to the Grand Final on Saturday.

Tonight's finalists are: North Macedonia, The Netherlands, Albania, Sweden, Russia, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Malta.

Sarah McTernan kicks off second Eurovision semi-final

Update 8.55pm: Ireland’s Sarah McTernan has kicked off the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.

She took to the stage to perform the upbeat pop song 22 at the Expo Tel Aviv venue flanked by two backing singers dressed in pink.

McTernan, 25, was second to appear after Armenia’s Srbuk sang Walking Out against a backdrop of pyrotechnics.

McTernan is hoping to change Ireland’s recent fortunes in the contest.

Ireland is a longstanding participant, appearing 52 times, but has not won since 1996 with Eimear Quinn’s The Voice.

Moldova’s Anna Odobescu impressed with a rousing rendition of Stay before the night’s first favourite made his Eurovision debut.

Switzerland’s Luca Hanni received the loudest cheer of the night so far with his club-ready pop song She Got Me. A red backdrop and crimson strobes lit up the crowd.

Tonight's show features a number of favourites to win, including Sweden’s John Lundvik and the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence.

All countries taking part in the semi-final can vote, alongside Germany, Italy and the UK.

Fans can vote over the phone, by text or via the Eurovision app, available on iOS, Android and Windows devices.

The UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, are already assured of a place in the grand final.

Last year’s winners Israel also do not have to qualify via the semi-finals.

- Press Association

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