Eurovision fans furious over Ireland snub

The Twitter hashtag #robbed was trending in Ireland in the wake of results from the second Eurovision semifinal in Italy last night. 

Brooke Scullion during Ireland Eurovision entry performance
Image: Via YouTube @EurovisionSongContest

Fans are raging that Ireland did not make it past the Eurovision semi-finals, even though Brooke Scullion’s energetic performance and catchy tune were considered by many to be among the best acts of the night.

Yesterday’s semi-final took place in Turin, Italy, at Pala Olimpico, the country’s largest indoor venue with a capacity of over 12,000 people, and the audience came to life with the first few bars of Brooke’s song.

The 23-year-old singer addressed fans after the harsh verdict through a teary Instagram post in which she says she’s “so happy” with her performance and she “couldn’t have done any more”, before thanking everyone for their votes and support.


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“It didn’t go our way, but we are so, so happy with what we did,” she said. “Maybe it just wasn’t for me, but maybe in the future bigger things are going to come.”

She also Tweeted out that she’s “Beyond proud of this experience”. “Thank you to my wonderful team,” she wrote. “I will never forget [Eurovision].”

The former contestant and winner of third place on The Voice wasn’t the only one who took to Twitter after the finalists were announced; many were quick to criticise the selection, with “robbed” trending on Irish Twitter after the fact.

“Can I represent Ireland at next year’s #Eurovision and sing Brooke Scullion’s tune but just change the lyrics from “that’s rich” to ‘it’s a fix’,” wrote RTE’s, Carl Mullan. “Think it would go down well. Worth a try at this stage?”

“Ireland was literally one of the best performances of the night,” another wrote.

With Ireland having faced many Eurovision rejections over the last decade, Brooke Scullion was considered by many to be our most promising contender since our eighth placement by Jedward in 2011.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 grand final will take place tomorrow, May 14, 8 PM when the final 20 countries will be scored by a panel of judges and viewers across Europe, Australia, and the UK.

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