Ireland to battle for place in Eurovision final from sixth spot of semi-final

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Ireland will perform sixth in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest, after Portugal and before Croatia.

Dublin band Wild Youth will perform their song ‘We Are One’ on Tuesday 9 May at the Liverpool Arena to be in with a chance of performing at the final.

Ireland has not qualified for the Eurovision final since 2018 and Wild Youth frontman Conor O’Donohoe has promised a “big and bold” performance to try to make it in 2023.

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Conor O’Donohoe said Wild Youth are focusing on the first hurdle of qualifying from the semi-final stage (Brian Lawless/PA)

Fifteen acts will perform in semi-final one with the top 10 progressing to the final.

The 20 qualifying acts from semi-final one and two will join the ‘big five’ – the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, along with last year’s winners Ukraine to compete for the winning spot.

Ireland face tough competition in semi-final one, with previous winner Loreen representing Sweden and fan favourite Kaarija representing Finland also in that round.

O’Donohoe said Wild Youth are focusing on the first hurdle of qualifying from the semi-final stage.

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The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Liverpool, after the city was chosen to host the competition on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine (BBC/Eurovision/PA)

“The first big win for us is just trying to get out of that semi-final and staying focused on that,” he told PA Media on Sunday.

“And then if we get through that semi-final, who knows? The Irish have done crazier things.”

Norway will open semi-final one and Finland will close the show.

Eurovision 2023 is being held in Liverpool as the UK was runner-up to Ukraine which cannot host the song contest due to ongoing war with Russia.

Ireland has participated in Eurovision more than 50 times and has a record seven wins, but Sweden are a closing in with 6 wins and the most top 5 results since 2000.