Leanne Moore upbeat despite Eurovision heartbreak

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

LIMERICK’s Leanne Moore is focusing on the positives of her Eurovision experience despite the pain of a disappointing result in Azerbijan.

LIMERICK’s Leanne Moore is focusing on the positives of her Eurovision experience despite the pain of a disappointing result in Azerbijan.

While admitting to being “downhearted” in the aftermath of Jedward’s disappointing 19th finish, the backing singer said the support the Irish team received on their return from Baku had lifted her spirits.

“We were disappointed and we wanted to do better for the amount of hype that was back here at home, and everyone was a little bit down about it, but honestly we have picked ourselves back up and the response we have got from people and the messages of support have been exceptional,” she said.

“It just goes to show that people are proud no matter what, so that is a nice reaction,” added the Corbally lass, who was the only backing singer invited back to perform with Jedward for a second consecutive year.

Leanne paid tribute to the hyper-active twins, who were among the favourites before the contest.

“They never once took the smile off their faces, they remained positive and upbeat the whole way through 42 rounds of voting,” said the singer, also a Sunday Times columnist. “The first thing they did afterwards was go up and congratulate Sweden and celebrate with them. They are so gracious in everything they do, they are great lads.”

The You’re A Star winner said despite the result, she would have amazing memories from the trip.

“It was an amazing experience - I said last year it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and yet I found myself back there this year! I can’t even sum it up, it was the most incredible experience.”