Irlande, nul points: Full Eurovision results show Irish entry came last

22, sung by Sarah McTernan, scored just 16 points and finished bottom in the semi-finals

Sarah McTernan representing Ireland with the song 22 has failed to qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest final. It is the fifth time in six years Ireland has bowed out at the semi-final stages. Video: Eurovision Song Contest

 

Ireland didn’t quite score nul points in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, but it may as well have.

The Irish entry, 22, sung by Sarah McTernan, came away with just 16 points from the combined jury and public vote in last Thursday’s second semi-final, in Tel Aviv. The song’s tally – the lowest in either semi-final – was matched only by the votes earned in the final, on Saturday night, by Bigger Than Us, the United Kingdom’s entry, sung by Michael Rice.

Ireland received three points from UK viewers, eight points from the Italian jury and five points  from the Moldovan jury.

The next lowest-scoring countries in the semi-finals were Austria, which earned 21 points for Limits, sung by Paenda, and Finland, whose entry, Look Away, sung by Darude with Sebastian Rejman, came away with 23 points.

The highest semi-final scorers were the Netherlands, with 280 points, and Australia, with 261 points. Australia’s song, Zero Gravity, sung by Kate Miller-Heidke, went on to score 285 points in the final, finishing ninth. The Netherlands won this year’s contest with 492 points, for Arcade, sung by Duncan Laurence.

Although McTernan’s 16-point haul was this year’s joint lowest score, Ireland has fared worse in the past. It scored only five points in 2007 and 2013, six points in 2001, seven points in 2004 and 10 points in 1969. It also scored 11 points in 1965 – although, given the structure of the competition at the time, that was enough to finish sixth.

Ireland’s highest Eurovision score is 226 points, a competition-winning tally that Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan amassed for Rock ’n’ Roll Kids, in 1994. Ireland’s first winning entry, All Kinds of Everything, scored Dana 32 points in 1970.