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Tuesday 16 September 2014

No we Can (linn)'t - Ireland’s Eurovision entry fails to secure place in Eurovision Final

Published 08/05/2014 | 22:12

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Can-Linn, representing Ireland, perform the song "Heartbeat" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, May 8, 2014. The competition's two semi-finals will take place on May 6 and May 8, while the grand final will be held on May 10. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (DENMARK - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Can-Linn, representing Ireland, perform the song "Heartbeat" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Can-Linn (featuring Kasey Smith) representing Ireland perform the song 'Heartbeat'  during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday, May 8, 2014.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Can-Linn (featuring Kasey Smith) representing Ireland perform the song 'Heartbeat' during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday, May 8, 2014.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
The Shin and Mariko representing Georgia performs the song "Three Minutes to Earth" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, May 8, 2014. The competition's two semi-finals will take place on May 6 and May 8, while the grand final will be held on May 10. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (DENMARK - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
The Shin and Mariko representing Georgia performs the song "Three Minutes to Earth" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen

Ireland’s Eurovision entry Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith and their song ‘Heartbeat’ has failed to be selected for Saturday’s Eurovision Grande Finale.

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Up to 100 million people tuned into the second semi-final show tonight as 15 countries, including Ireland, took to the stage in Copenhagen, Denmark to compete for the final ten places available on Saturday night’s show.

Unfortunately for Can-linn, Kasey and all the production team, the Irish performance failed to impress the voters.

A delay in the results announcement meant it could have been a close call for Ireland in tonight's semi-final.

Tonight saw Israel, Norway, Georgia, Poland, Austria, Lithuania, Finland, Ireland, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Switzerland, Greece, Slovenia and Romania perform.

The bookies’ favourites included Romania, Norway, Greece and Austria, all of whom were selected.

Ireland’s record in the semi-finals has been quite good - acts from the Emerald Isle have featured in eight of the semi-finals and qualified from five of them, the exceptions being Donna and Joe in 2005, Dustin in 2008 and Sinead Mulvey in 2009.

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