Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Irish band is dumped out of Eurovision Song Contest

Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy last night failed to secure a place in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

Despite receiving rousing applause from the audience for their uplifting and energetic performance of ‘Et Cetera’ at the Olimpiysky Indoor Arena in Moscow, Ireland will not be taking part in the 54th year of the competition on Saturday night.

The hopefuls faced stiff competition against 18 other countries in last night’s second semi-final for a place in Saturday’s final.

Lead vocalist Sinead Mulvey said the group were “happy with our energy levels on the rehearsals”.

“I think that you need to keep your energy high for the Eurovision Song Contest. I need a happy mood when we step on stage.

“You need to think that you’re a different character on stage.

“When stepping on stage, I’m a different person,” she said.

The 21-year-old air hostess performed last night with Black Daisy — singer and bassist Lesley-Ann Halvey (26) from Limerick, guitarist Nicki Billings (21) from Wicklow and drummer, Asta Mileriene, originally from Lithuania but living in Ireland since 2001.

Ten out of 19 countries qualified for the event with the UK and four other countries automatically qualifying for the final.

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