Ireland fails to progress to final of Eurovision Song Contest

Ireland fails to progress to final of Eurovision Song Contest

IRELAND HAS failed to progress into the final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Brooke Scullion from Bellaghy, Derry, performed her song 'That's Rich' in last night's semi-final, and was one of 18 countries vying for a spot in the final in the Italian city of Turin.

This is the seventh time in the last eight contests that Ireland has not progressed beyond the semi-final stage.

Posting on Instagram in the moments after not qualifying, she said that "it didn't go our way tonight."

"We are so, so happy with what we did and it just maybe isn't for me tonight.

"Thank you so much to everybody who voted. I couldn't have done any more."

Despite not progressing into the final, social media was flooded with support for the 23-year-old, including from Panti Bliss, Dustin The Turkey and Olly Alexander from Years & Years.

Ten countries in total got through to the final on Saturday: Belgium, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Australia, Sweden, Romania and Serbia.

They join the Big 5 countries which are France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Ten countries also qualified on Tuesday, including Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Ukraine, Moldova and Netherlands.