Eurovision 2015 semi-final 2 results: Ireland kicked out of song contest

Molly Sterling, 17, was the country's youngest ever entrant

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Ireland’s luck in the Eurovision Song Contest, which has seen it win more times than any other nations, seemed to have ended as it has not qualified for the final.

Molly Sterling, who at 17 is the contest's youngest ever entrant, represented her country with the piano ballad Playing With Numbers.

But it failed to impress the public, and Ireland did not make it into the top 10 for just the fifth time since the semi-final rounds were introduced in 2004.

Ireland also missed out on the finals in 2014, but its reputation in the contest remains strong with seven previous wins under its belts.

Instead, Lithuania, Montenegro, Norway, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Cyprus, Slovenia and Poland have made it through to Saturday’s final in Vienne.

They will battle it out against Armenia, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Serbia, Hungary, Russia, Albania, Romania and Georgia who won places in Tuesday's semi-final, last year's winners Austria, special guests Australia, and automatic qualifiers UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Graham Norton will host the UK coverage of the final on Saturday, which will start at 8pm on BBC One.

Additional reporting by PA

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