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Eurovision 2016 knocks out Ireland’s Nicky Byrne as he fails to make final

Ireland is the most successful country in the Eurovision contest’s 61 year history, with a total of seven wins.

Ireland has been knocked out of the Eurovision Song Contest after former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne failed to qualify for Saturday’s final.

The pop star, 37, was unsuccessful in the semi-final in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday, where he was one of 18 acts competing for the last 10 places.

The UK qualifies automatically, with duo Joe and Jake this year’s act.

It is guaranteed a place in the final as one of the “big five” countries along with France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The 10 countries that qualified on Thursday are Latvia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Australia, Ukraine, Serbia, Poland, Israel, Lithuania and Belgium.

They will join Azerbaijan, Russia, The Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia, Malta, Austria, Armenia, Czech Republic and Cyprus who all made it through the first semi-final on Tuesday.

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