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Ireland has failed to qualify for the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest, despite the best efforts of Wild Youth.

The Dublin band were among the five acts eliminated during the 15-strong first live semi-final of the week at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

The 10 countries who have made it through to the grand final were Croatia, Moldova, Switzerland, Finland, Czechia, Israel, Portugal, Sweden, Serbia and Norway.

Wild Youth’s frontman, Conor O’Donohoe, took to the stage in a sparkling gold jumpsuit as the band bid to help Ireland qualify for the grand final for the first time in 2018.

He also donned a green shamrock necklace and he was surrounded by pyrotechnics to sing the group’s song We Are One as the stage lit up in gold and Irish fans waved the national flag in the crowd.

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