Ireland booted out but Romania's yodelling rappers make it through to Eurovision final

A yodelling rap duo, a trio of sisters and a popera singer beat Ireland’s Brendan Murray to make it through to the Eurovision Song Contest’s grand final tomorrow night.

Romania’s rap duo burst Ireland’s balloon and Eurovision dream (REX)
Romania’s rap duo burst Ireland’s balloon and Eurovision dream (REX)

The second semi-final of the contest took place in Kiev on Thursday as viewers across Europe voted their top 10 acts from the round through to Saturday’s finale but there were tears for Ireland, who have failed to qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth year running after falling at the final hurdle in the semi-final stage.

Ireland attempted to reach for the skies by giving young Brendan a Westlife-style ballad to sing but his rendition of ‘Dying To Try’ went down like a led balloon.

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However, some thought Galway-born Brendan, 20, was robbed of a place in the final.

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And others just couldn’t get over the utter shame of it.

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But Eurovision is full or surprises, Romanian act Ilinca, featuring Alex Florea with their song Yodel It!, which combines rap with traditional yodelling, made it through.

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Singing sisters Ogene also won a place in the final for the Netherlands and Croatia’s act, Jacques Houdek, fused pop and opera for his performance of ‘My Friend’.

Successful semi-finalists

  • Austria: Running On Air by Nathan Trent

  • Belarus: Story of My Life by Naviband

  • Bulgaria: Beautiful Mess by Kristian Kostov

  • Croatia: My Friend by Jacques Houdek

  • Denmark: Where I Am by Anja

  • Hungary: Origo by Joci Papai

  • Israel: I Feel Alive by IMRI

  • The Netherlands: Lights and Shadows by OG3NE

  • Norway: Grab The Moment by JOWST

  • Romania: Yodel It! by Ilinka ft. Alex Florea

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