Eurovision 2019: Ireland Knocked Out In Second Semi-Final
17 May 2019 Entertainment
Sarah McTernan has become the fifth Irish act in six years not to get past the semi-final stage at Eurovision.
The 25-year-old singer from County Clare failed to impress with her retro pop tune 22, becoming one of eight acts to be sent packing.
In contrast, contest favourites Russia, Sweden and the Netherlands progressed to the final with ease.
Azerbaijani representative Chingiz also went through, with a little help from two laser-pointing robot arms.
Thursday’s second Eurovision semi-final followed official confirmation that Madonna will perform during Saturday’s final in Israel.
McTernan gave a confident performance against a backdrop of colourful comic book imagery inspired by US artist Roy Lichtenstein.
Yet the singer, who has spoken openly about her struggles with post-natal depression, still did not make the final – unlike Ryan O’Shaughnessy, her country’s 2018 representative.
Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke, who qualified for the final on Tuesday, has also spoken candidly about her battles with the condition.
Ireland has won Eurovision more times than any other country – seven in all – but has not notched up a victory since 1996.
Other acts left disappointed included Croatian singer Roko Blazevic, who wore a pair of golden angel’s wings during his performance.
This was despite his dramatic number The Dream being written by Jacques Houdek, Croatia’s representative in 2017, and Charlie Mason, co-writer of Austria’s 2014 winner Rise Like a Phoenix.
There was little love for this year’s Austrian entry, a wispy, whispery ballad performed by a blue-haired singer dubbed Paenda – real name Gabriela Horn.
And having acclaimed Ukrainian sand artist Kseniya Simonova create an artwork during her performance did not help Anna Odobescu from Moldova.
But there was better luck for Danish singer Leonora, who performed her song Love is Forever perched on a giant blue chair.
North Macedonia also went forward, just a few months on from its new name being approved by the international community.
Albania, Norway and Switzerland also advanced thanks to a combination of jury and public votes.
Maltese teenager Michela, meanwhile, was left crying tears of joy when the final spot available in the final went in her direction.