Ireland’s Brooke Scullion is ready for the Eurovision semi-finals tonight as she shares advice from Derry Girls and Dana

Ireland’s Eurovision contender Brooke Scullion has said she will do whatever it takes to triumph in tonight’s semi-finals in Turin.

At this morning’s highlight, the 23-year-old shared the sage advice she received from Louis Walsh and Dana and the honor of being honored with a Brooke Special pizza in her hometown.

“There’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears,” she said.

“We have a really sophisticated, choreographed performance on the floor. It’s just for fun, it’s a wink. Everyone wants to have a good time.

“There aren’t that many pop songs this year. There’s a lot of ballads and stuff, so I’m really excited that mine is different.”

After feeling almost written off as a novelty act, she says her performance of her song That’s Rich has now caused a stir in Italy.

“Look, I just want to go to the final. I don’t care if I’m last, I just have to get there because Ireland hasn’t qualified in I don’t know how many years and it’s just not right,” she told BBC’s Good Morning Ulster.

While Ireland is still one of the most successful Eurovision nations of all time, Brooke, who was born in Bellaghy, Co Derry, said she was determined to end a recent drought and joked she wants to be the new Jedward.

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Speaking of the support at home, she said: “At that point you know you’ve made it. There’s a pizza place in Bellaghy called Diamond Slice and they have the Brooke Special.

“It’s cheese, peppers, onions, corn. Weird, I know, but I love it.”

Her new legion of famous fans includes Derry Girls’ Jamie-Lee O’Donnell.

“She wrote to me and we Derry Girls have to stick together, this is epic.

“Dana reached out… gave me advice and just wished me the best and also how proud she is of me. She doesn’t have to do that, it’s such a nice thing to say.”

She said meeting former X Factor judge Louis Walsh was the highlight of her career.

“I think you definitely need a thick skin around Louis. I sat down and he said, ‘Okay, you might qualify, but you’re not going to win.’

“I was like, ‘You know what, I needed this. Thanks Louis’.”

“It was one of the best moments of my life, I’ve never laughed so much. It was unreal.”

Brooke is among 17 contestants hoping to be in the ten to make it to the grand finals on Saturday after tonight’s show.

The ten countries that made it to the final after Tuesday’s first semi-final were Lithuania, Switzerland, favorites Ukraine, Netherlands, Moldova, Portugal, Iceland, Greece, Norway and Armenia.

Tonight’s semi-finalists are Finland, Israel, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Malta, San Marino, Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, North Macedonia, Estonia, Romania, Poland, Montenegro, Belgium, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Five founding countries, Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Great Britain – represented this year by Sam Ryder with the song Space Man – automatically qualify for the final.

Ireland last reached the final of the competition in 2018.

Coverage begins at 8pm on RTÉ One. Ireland’s Brooke Scullion is ready for the Eurovision semi-finals tonight as she shares advice from Derry Girls and Dana

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