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Saturday 29 April 2017

Eurovision boost for Nicky Byrne as UK and Australia can vote in Ireland’s semi final

Nicky Byrne in studio waiting for his Eurovision semi final draw. Photo:@NickyByrne/Twitter
Nicky Byrne in studio waiting for his Eurovision semi final draw. Photo:@NickyByrne/Twitter
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

NICKY Byrne received a boost in his bid for Eurovison glory with news the UK will be voting in Ireland’s Eurovision semi-final.

The allocation draw for the semi-finals of the music competition took place in Stockholm this morning.

Ireland was drawn first out of the pot, and landed a slot in the first half of the second semi-final, which will take place on Thursday 12th of May.

The UK, as one of the big five financial contributors, does not have to participate in the semi-finals, however get voting rights in one of the shows.

A draw last year allocated the UK voting rights in the second semi-final.

Later in the draw, Australia were also drawn to perform in the second semi-final.

Last year the country gained a pass to the final to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition, however this year it will have to qualify.

A large ex-pat population in both the UK and Australia could boost Nicky Byrne’s qualification chances.

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