Ireland fails to make it to Eurovision final

Molly Sterling
Molly Sterling

Ireland's entry to the Eurovision has failed to make it through to the final of the song contest.

Molly Sterling was the second act to take to the stage in tonights qualifier in Austria, where she performed to tens of thousands of viewers across Europe.

The 17-year-old wooed the audience with her song ‘Playing With Numbers’ at Vienna's Wiener Stadthalle, but failed to win the public vote.

The top ten countries voted through tonight – in no particular order - were: Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia,  Sweden, Norway, Montenegro, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Latvia and Israel.

Seven countries are already through to Saturday night's final including host country Austria, the five biggest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom; and guest nation Australia.

The ten countries which qualified in Tuesday night's first semi-final was Armenia, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Hungary, Russia, Albania, Romania, Georgia and Serbia

As it's the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song contest Australia have been entered as a wildcard act. 


Graham Norton will be be hosting the the BBC on Saturday having taken over from veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan in 2008. 

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