“What’s another year?” Eurovision fans across the water cried as Ireland crashed out of the Eurovision Song Contest yet again in last night’s second Semi Final.
Piano playing Molly Sterling’s efforts weren’t enough to convince voters that the record-holding Irish deserved the chance to claim an 8th Eurovision victory in Vienna this year.
— Rebecca O'Keeffe (@RebeccaOkeeffe5) May 21, 2015
THE VOTING IS GONE ALL POLITICAL NOWADAYS. IT'S NOTHING GOT TO DO WITH TALENT ANYMORE #Eurovision2015
— Biddy Irish (@Irish_Biddy) May 21, 2015
Boo that Ireland didn't get through in #Eurovision. Let's just send back Jedward next year. Again.
— Sam Hamilton (@samuelthekiwi) May 21, 2015
Iceland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Malta, Switzerland and San Marino all found themselves in the same position as 17 semi-finalists were whittled down to just ten.
Voters saved all their kisses for Lithuania – who locked lips on stage, much to the crowd’s delight – while Latvia’s Aminata made a lasting impression with Love Injected, a rousing number that surprised audiences at home and in the auditorium. Could she be the competition’s dark horse?
Scandinavian stalwarts Sweden – who are the hot favourites to win this year’s competition – sailed through the Grand Final, along with neighbours Norway whose singing duo were vocally the strongest double act on the night.
Israel’s ‘Golden Boy’ Nadav Guedj managed to secure the country its first Eurovision final slot in five years, while Montenegro, Cyprus, Poland and the ever-present Azerbaijan also claimed a spot in the Saturday night line-up.
They’ll join the 10 acts who qualified during Tuesday night’s first semi-final, last year’s winners Austria, Australia and the Big Five – including the UK’s Electro Velvet – to compete for Eurovision glory in the three-hour TV spectacular.
Here are this year’s final 10 qualifiers:
Azerbaijan – Elnur Huseynov with Hour of the Wolf
Cyprus – John Karagiannis with One Thing I Should Have Done
Israel – Nadav Guedj with Golden Boy
Latvia – Aminata ‘Love Injected’
Lithuania – Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila with This Time
Montenegro – Knez with Adio
Norway – Mørland & Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me
Poland – Monika Kuszyńska with In The Name Of Love
Slovenia – Maraaya with Here For You
Sweden – Måns Zelmerlöw with Heroes
The 60th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday May 23rd in Vienna, Austria and will be broadcast live on BBC1 and BBC1 HD, with commentary by Graham Norton. It will also be broadcast live on Radio 2 with commentary from Ken Bruce.