Friday 23 August 2019

Eurovision girl Sarah crashes out at semi-final stage

Honour: Sarah McTernan performs for Ireland at the second semi-final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Andres Poveda
Honour: Sarah McTernan performs for Ireland at the second semi-final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Andres Poveda

Aoife Kelly and Ian Begley

Ireland crashed out of the Eurovision Song Contest last night after Sarah McTernan failed to make it through to tomorrow's grand final.

The 25-year-old singer from Scariff, Co Clare, was given slim hopes of getting through, but delivered a solid performance of her pop song '22' in Tel Aviv in Israel.

The first 18 entries were whittled down to 10 to proceed to tomorrow's Eurovision Grand Final at the Expo.

Speaking after the announcement of the results, Sarah said she was "really happy" with her performance on the night.

"I felt really happy in myself," she said.

"One thing I just wanted to look back was just to be happy and comfortable with my performance myself. And you know what? I was happy.

"All of the team worked so hard and they're absolutely incredible and things don't always go your way but we're looking on the bright side."

The Eurovision contest has come under fire from the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which is accusing Israel of using music to 'whitewash' its policy towards Palestinians.

On Tuesday, pop icon Madonna responded to criticism from Palestinian activists about her plan to perform at the final tomorrow night, stating that she wanted to use her performance to create "a new path toward peace".

Irish Independent

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