Eurovision 2022: Ireland's Brooke fails to qualify for the final

May 13, 2022 12:12 pm

[Source: BBC]

Ireland’s Brooke Scullion has failed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 23-year-old’s elimination was a surprise to many Eurovision-watchers, after she received the warmest welcome of the night during Thursday’s semi-final in Turin.

But her Eurovision dream has ended, as have Ireland’s hopes of extending their lead as the country with the most wins.

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Finland, Serbia and Sweden all qualified for Saturday’s grand final.

But they face stiff competition, with Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra the outright favourites to win, and the UK’s Sam Ryder building a head of steam over the past week to become second favourite with bookmakers.

Thursday night’s second semi-final, which was held in Turin’s Pala Alpitour arena, was notably more dynamic and exciting than Tuesday’s ballad-heavy first semi.

The two-hour show featured everything from flamenco dancing to a mechanical bull, with a smattering of country and western for good measure.