Ireland and Iceland out of Eurovision 2015

There was disappointment in Dublin as the Eurovision record holders failed to qualify for the second year running

“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.

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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.

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

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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.


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