Kasey Smith performs in Copenhagen on Thursday night. Photograph:  Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

RTÉ is to scrap the mentoring process it has used to select the last five Eurovision entrants, but Ireland will not be pulling out of the competition.(...)

Kasey Smith’s rendition of   ‘Heartbeat’ failed to make it into  the top 10 acts at the second semi-final of the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen this evening. Photograph: Nikolai Linares/EPA 2:16

Ireland has failed to qualify for the Eurovison Song Contest for the first time since 2009. Kasey Smith and the Irish traditional group Can-Linn, perf(...)

Irish entry Ryan Dolan at Eurovision  in Malmö, Swedenn in May 2013.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces the Eurovision Song Contest, has announced changes to rules regarding jury voting.Some 50 per ce(...)

Emmelie de Forest of Denmark, who sang Only Teardrops, celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo. Photograph: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

So what happened? Though expected by bookmakers and fans to finish in the top 12 of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Ireland’s act ended up(...)