Ireland has been eliminated from the Eurovision Song Contest
Ireland has been eliminated from the Eurovision Song Contest.
On Tuesday night, singer Lesley Roy performed her entry – a song called Maps – in an elaborate spectacle involving a paper forest.But her hopes were ultimately dashed as she was knocked out of the running.
Instead, Israel, Russia, Malta, Azerbaijan, Norway, Sweden, Cyprus, Lithuania, Ukraine and Belgium have all secured their place in this weekend’s final.
They’re out: Ireland has been eliminated from the Eurovision Song Contest after singer Lesley Roy performed her entry in an elaborate spectacle involving a paper forest
Taking to Instagram afterwards, she penned: ‘I gave it my all for Ireland for the last 18+ months!
‘I am so grateful for such an amazing team and creative staging.This Eurovision experience has been so memorable during such a historic time for everyone across the globe.
‘Thank you… everyone on my team, my friends, my family, my wife and the Irish cousins.’
Irish pop star Una Healy replied: ‘You were amazing!’
The dream is over: But her hopes were ultimately dashed as she was knocked out of the running
Support: The Saturday’s Una Healy was sure to lend her support to Lesley
Elaborate: Her set involved a striking paper forest
On Thursday, the competition continues at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam as another 18 countries will be whittled down to 10.
The top 10 from both semi-finals will appear in the grand final on Saturday alongside France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – who automatically qualify – and host nation the Netherlands.
This follows a shock for Australia, after their entry Montaigne failed in qualifying for the final.
The singer-songwriter, whose real name is Jessica Cerro, was forced to perform her song Technicolour remotely, sending a prerecorded ‘live’ entry which was broadcast at Wednesday’s semi-final.
Her best shot!Lesley narrowly missed her chance to compete on Saturday
Disappointed: She said afterwards, ‘I gave it my all for Ireland for the last 18+ months!This Eurovision experience has been so memorable during such a historic time for everyone across the globe’
Travel restrictions and the pandemic prevented Montaigne, 25, from travelling to the city of Rotterdam as the competition returned following last year’s cancellation, potentially handicapping Australia’s chances.
In missing the event, Montaigne made history as the first person to ever compete in the contest without setting foot on stage.
All fifteen other countries had a representative perform live at the event.
This is the first time Australia has failed to qualify for the Grand Final since being granted entry into the competition in 2015.
Montaigne’s performance was unable to feature all the bells and whistles of her opponents and stuck out like a sore thumb.
Fail! Australia’s Eurovision Song Contest entry Montaigne has missed out on qualifying for the Grand Final of the competition – the first time Australia has failed to gain entry since being granted entry in 2015
No-show: In missing the event, Montaigne made history as the first person to ever compete in the contest without setting foot on stage, potentially hurting Australia’s chances.By contrast, all fifteen other countries had a representative perform live at the event
Giving it a miss: In a post on Instagram in April, Montaigne, 25, announced she was unable to travel to the Netherlands .Pictured performing at Summer Salt 2021 in Perth last month
Elsewhere, Rylan Clark-Neal had to pull out of presenting the semi-final on the on Tuesday night, due to illness.
The presenter, 32, was set to host BBC Four’s coverage for the semi-finals on Tuesday and Thursday alongside Scott Mills and Chelcee Grimes – but he will appear on Thursday’s show via a pre-recorded video link.
But Sara Cox, 46, revealed she was stepping in as Rylan’s replacement during her BBC Radio 2 show on Monday night, ahead of the Eurovision final set to take place on May 22.
Under the weather: Rylan Clark-Neal has had to pull out of presenting the Eurovision semi-final on the BBC on Tuesday night, due to illness (pictured last year)
She said: ‘I’m really excited, I’ve got a new little job this week.I will be co-hosting the Eurovision semi-finals on BBC Four tomorrow night and Thursday night.
‘Rylan is unwell, so obviously we wish him better.
‘So I’ll be stepping into Rylan’s sparkly tux tomorrow and Thursday, 8pm, BBC Four, all the action from the Eurovision semi-finals.’
Last minute replacement: Sara Cox, 46, revealed she was stepping in as Rylan’s replacement during her BBC Radio 2 show on Monday night
Sara, who previously presented coverage for Eurovision in 2001 and 2002, added: ‘I’ll also be rekindling the flames of fun with my old Eurovision mucker Scott Mills, and we’ll be joined by Chelcee Grimes and many guests as well.’
The radio host said Anita Rani would stand in for her to present her Radio 2 show.
The BBC said in a statement: ‘Unfortunately Rylan is unwell so won’t be providing commentary for the upcoming Eurovision Semi Finals on BBC Four, however Eurovision superfan Sara Cox will be joining Scott Mills and Chelcee Grimes live in London bringing viewers all the action from the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam tonight & later this week.’
They added Rylan’s illness isn’t COVID-related. MailOnline has contacted Rylan’s representatives for comment.
Rylan, who joined the presenting team in 2018, had previously spoken about how excited he was for Eurovision 2021.
He said: ‘There was a big Eurovision shaped hole in my life last year, so I am super excited to see what everyone brings to the table for 2021 – it’s the best time of the year.
Unwell: Rylan, 32, was set to host BBC Four’s coverage for the semi-finals alongside Scott Mills and Chelcee Grimes (pictured with Graham Norton and Amanda Holden)
‘I am looking forward to being reunited with Scott for the semi-finals and to welcome Chelcee to the team.Plus Embers is an absolute tune – I can’t wait.’
It comes after Rylan and Scott gave their best impression of AC-12’s Steve Arnott and Ted Hastings as they grilled UK hopeful James Newman during a parody ahead of Tuesday’s show.
The spoof, named Line Of Eurovision, sees the former X Factor star and the radio host, 47, interrogate musician and the UK’s 2021 entry James, 35, Keuntungan Bermain Togel as they investigate his plans for this year’s contest in Rotterdam, the .
The hilarious mock police interview sees Superintendent Clark-Neal and Detective Inspector Mills – heads of the ‘s ESC-21 Investigation Team – come face-to-face with the singer and his fierce union rep Chelcee.
Funny: It comes after Rylan and Scott gave their best impression of AC-12’s Steve Arnott and Ted Hastings as they grilled UK hopeful James Newman during a Line Of Duty parody
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