Heartbreak for Molly as she fails to make Eurovision final
IT was disappointment last night for Ireland's entrant in the Eurovision Molly Sterling, who failed to be selected for tomorrow night's final in Vienna.
With 17 international entrants in last night's semi-final and 10 progressing, Molly's ballad Playing With Numbers failed to get enough votes to secure one of the coveted spots.
RTE commentator Marty Whelan said the 17-year-old from Nenagh, Co Tipperary could be very proud of herself and her efforts.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the iconic song contest and marks Ireland's 50th year of competing.
Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Ireland has failed to make it through five times.
Marty Whelan, who has been our national commentator since 2000, has been in Vienna all week and said last night's semi-final was the tougher of the two.
"The atmosphere has been fantastic," he said. "It was definitely the toughest one. There are so many great songs this year. It's fantastic being in Vienna for such a historic year."
Molly had been intensely preparing for last night's semi-final and had support from previous winner, Niamh Kavanagh.
The two singers performed at the Irish Eurovision Concert on Monday with Niamh singing her winning song, In Your Eyes.
The young singer-songwriter admitted she wasn't a huge fan of the contest but she been converted since being chosen as the Irish entry on the Late Late Eurosong contest earlier this year.
"I wouldn't really tune into it but I will now. In the past there was some of the old Irish entries I'd heard on the radio but they were the only ones I knew," she said.
One of her favourite experiences from her "magical" time in Austria was performing at the Vienna Opera House last weekend.
She was one of just four Eurovision acts chosen to perform at the iconic venue.
"It was such an incredible experience, it doesn't quite feel real," she said.
"It's like an out-of body thing. I decided to play a different song called Build Fireworks Again because I wanted to showcase the fact that I'm a singer-songwriter and have an album coming out. I was really nervous beforehand but once I went out there I just thought about the song and what it means to me."