Monday 18 December 2017

Ireland's Kasey Smith might not have won over Eurovision - but nothing was stopping her from going to the after-party

Kasey Smith performs the song
Kasey Smith performs the song "Heartbeat" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen last night

Kasey Smith and Can-Linn might have failed to light up the Copenhagen stage last night, but nothing was going to stop the Dubliner from enjoying the after-party.

The 23-year-old singer’s up-tempo number ‘Heartbeat’ didn’t succeed in making an impression on the European voters as it failed to reach the top ten chosen songs for Saturday night’s Grande Finale.

“Thank u so much to everyone who voted !!!devastated but off out to party!!! #irishpride,” she tweeted soon after the results were announced.

The singer proceeded to ‘retweet’ and ‘favourite’hundreds of messages of support she received from some of Ireland’s best-known personalities.

“Heartbeat =heartbreak for @kaseykaysmith x,” Today FM radio presenter Mairead Farrell wrote online.

Former Eurovision star Ryan Dolan wrote; “I'm so so gutted #Ireland didn't make it to the final!! @kaseykaysmith you did amazing and done us all proud!! #ESC2014”

Kasey was accompanied by the five-member traditional Irish music group Can-Linn as she performed on the Copenhagen stage.

But Kasey's time in the spotlight proved short-lived despite a plucky performance. While history was in our favour – we're been in eight semi-finals and qualified from five – last night we weren't one of the 10 countries to qualify from the group of 15.

Norway's ballad 'Silent Storm' and Romania's 'Miracle' lived up to their billing as favourites and sailed through to the next round.

Greece's rap number 'Rise Up' and the pumped-up power ballad 'Rise Like a Phoenix', sung by the bearded drag queen from Austria, Conchita Wurst, also stirred the crowd.

Montenegro, Hungary, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, San Marino, Ukraine, Sweden, the Netherlands and Iceland are all also through to the final.

Irish Independent

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