Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith had been widely predicted to do well this year with catchy song ‘Heartbeat’.
However, after a strong performance as the ninth song of 15 on the night, their hopes were taken out of their hands and placed at the mercy of the public vote.
When Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland, Romania, Norway, Greece, Malta, Belarus, and Finland were all announced as qualifiers, Irish fans began to fear the worse. That was because one of the most talked-about acts, Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst, had still not qualified.
And those fears were realised when the bearded Ms Wurst was put through.
That means Irish fans will need to pick a new favourite when they’re watching tomorrow night’s final.
Meanwhile, broadcasting legend Terry Wogan has said Ireland’s most famous Eurovision song, ‘All Kinds of Everything’, would never win the competition today.
The 75-year-old — who famously poked fun at the contest during his 35 years of commentary for the BBC — also revealed that ‘Riverdance’ was one of his favourite memories of the Eurovision.
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine Show, Mr Wogan said that Western European countries like Ireland and England have very little chance of winning unless they start block voting like their Eastern European counterparts.
He said he doesn’t believe the soft ballads which proved a winning formula for Ireland over their record-breaking seven wins would score top points in today’s competition. “I cast my mind back to when Ireland was winning all those Eurovisions,” he said. “Can you imagine Dana winning it now with ‘All Kinds of Everything’? A soft and gentle little ballad.
“Since the Eastern European came in it’s all anthemic, big sounds and people making abject fools of themselves.”
And the Limerick star said Abba and ‘Riverdance’ are his greatest memories from the kitsch competition.
He said of ‘Riverdance’: “It was dynamic. It made the hair stand up on the back of your neck. It was wonderful. It was terrific, dynamic.”