Limerick singer Leanne Moore says she is looking forward to representing Ireland in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan tonight,
The Corbally native will perform with Dublin twins Jedward in the final after they qualified from Tuesday semi-final. They will be the 23rd of 26 to take to the stage in Baku.
“I had to turn away from the boys (as the results were being announced) because I genuinely had tears in my eyes and was afraid if they saw they would know I had completely lost hope,” Leanne explained.
“The camera men try and tease you or fool you, they run from delegation to delegation but there was no camera men around us when the golden ticket was on its way up to the stage.
“I thought, ‘oh God that’s it’. My heart was in my mouth but I managed to look at the screen and saw the flag come up before the commentator announced it and we went beserk,” she laughed.
The singer and journalist, currently a columnist with The Sunday Times, was the only backing singer invited back from last year’s eighth place finish in Düsseldorf, Ireland’s best in the competition for several years.
It seems she might be a good luck charm for Jedward, as they will now get a chance at the title tonight with the up tempo pop song Waterline.
“To get out of the semi-final is nearly as good as a win because it is so tough and to do that is amazing. I can’t put it into words how relieved I was when I saw Ireland come up at the end,” Leanne explained.
“We are all surviving on about three hours sleep but we are still buzzing, I would rather be tired than going home right now, that is the way we feel,” she added.
The pressure is off now, she explained, and the Irish posse celebrated their semi-final success by having lunch with the UK crooner Englebert.
Leanne believes that Jedward have helped to recreate a long lost sense of Eurovision frenzy in Ireland once again.
“Eurovision was always massive in my house growing up and it is nice to see that has taken a new life again in Ireland,” she explained.
“It is because of John and Edward, there is nobody else who could whip up such interest again in the Eurovision, and it has been amazing to be part of that,” she added.