Ireland’s recent ESC troubles continued in Turin on Thursday night when Brooke Scullion’s That’s Rich failed to reach Saturday’s final.
erry Girl Brooke (23) gave a stunning performance of her catchy pop entry but failed to make the top 10 of the second semi-final to guarantee a spot in Saturday’s grand final. It was the seventh time in the last eight competitions that Ireland have failed to advance to the semi-finals.
Though she didn’t make it, Brooke was proud of her contribution and said her upbeat pop vibe stands out from most of the ballads and slower songs this year.
Brooke used her experience on The Voice UK where she finished third in Season 9 to calm her nerves and deliver a strong performance full of energy and confidence.
Dressed in a bright blue dress and flanked by four dancers in the background, Brooke gave a spine-tingling rendition of the song co-written by Brooke, Izzy Warner and Karl Zine. The audience at the Pala Olimpico loved her energy and excellent vocals, but it wasn’t enough to secure a coveted last spot.
Brooke said she was overwhelmed with the support she received leading up to the competition, particularly from home. A restaurant in her hometown of Bellaghy, Co Derry, even went so far as to name a pizza in her honor called the Brooke Special.
Derry Girls star Jamie Lee O’Donnell also reached out to Brooke for words of encouragement, with Brooke saying, “We Derry Girls stick together, that’s great.”
Brooke confessed that former Eurovision winner Dana reached out for advice, telling her “how proud she was of me”, while producer Louis Walsh also caught up with the Bellaghy native to offer her words of wisdom and grounding .
Brooke, whose Eurovision entry That’s Rich was co-written by her, Karl Zine and Izzy Warner, recently announced she will soon be writing new songs with her mentor and All About That Bass star Meghan Trainor.
“My EP might drop the day after the competition,” she said. “And I’m going to LA to text Meghan when things settle down. You know, I’ve never been more grateful for anything in my life. It’s just so surreal.”
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Speaking of her chances ahead of the competition, she said: “I really think this is how it should be. I’m not scared or anything. Everyone says, ‘Oh, do you get nervous before you go on stage?’ And I say ‘no’ because I did the work. I know I’m ready Right now, that’s exactly where I’m supposed to be. And I’m thrilled to be here.”
Ireland last reached the final in 2018 but have only made it to the final once in the last nine years. Jedward was the last Irish entry to make the top 10 with its catchy number “Lipstick”.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy made it to the finals in 2018 with “Together” and placed 16th overall.
Ireland is still the country with the most Eurovision Song Contest wins with seven, closely followed by Sweden with six and France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Luxembourg with five. Ireland have made a total of 54 appearances in the Eurovision Song Contest and have reached 45 finals since they first competed in Naples in 1965.
Johnny Logan still remains the only doubles winner of the competition with What’s Another Year (1980) and Hold Me Now (1987). Johnny also wrote Linda Martin’s award-winning 1992 contribution Why Me.
Other Irish competition winners include Dana’s All Kinds of Everything (1970), Niamh Kavanagh’s In Your Eyes (1993), Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids (1994) and Eimear Quinn’s The Voice (1996).
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/ireland-fail-to-qualify-for-eurovision-final-despite-brilliant-brooke-scullion-performance-of-thats-rich-41644871.html Ireland fail to qualify for Eurovision final despite Brooke Scullion’s brilliant performance in ‘That’s Rich’