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19th May 2021

Ireland has not qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final

Stephen Porzio

It’s a shame since our song was pretty good.

Lesley Roy, Ireland’s entry for this year’s Eurovision, has not qualified for the finals of the singing competition.

Despite her song ‘Maps’ being a solid anthemic pop song and Roy giving a great performance in the first round of the semi-finals in Rotterdam, Ireland was one of the six countries out of 16 that did not make it to the next round.

Roy posted online after not qualifying: “I gave it my all for Ireland for the last 18+ months! I am so grateful for such an amazing team and creative staging. This Eurovision experience has been so memorable during such a historic time for everyone across the globe.”

The 10 from the semi-final first round that will compete in the final on Saturday are Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cyprus, Israel, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.

The second round of the Eurovision semi-finals will take place on Thursday night at 8pm and can be watched on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.

Meanwhile, the grand final of the competition takes place on Saturday on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player from 8pm.

Listen to ‘Maps’, as well as Roy’s performance of the track in the semi-finals, below.

Image and clips via Eurovision Song Contest

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