Dancer Adele Dempsey says she will “never forget” turning 30 – as she celebrated her birthday on a flight to Tel Aviv to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2019.

The backing dancer has been caught up in a whirlwind since arriving in Israel with the rest of the Irish crew taking part in the song contest.

Speaking ahead of rehearsals on Wednesday she told Dublin Gazette: “I turned 30 the night before we flew over, so it’s a birthday I’m not going to forget in a hurry.

“The energy and positivity here is just amazing. The nerves are turning into excitement now and we can’t wait to get on stage.”

Adele, who runs Dance LA stage school in Castleknock, Leixlip and Celbridge with her sister Lorna, will perform with another female dancer, Rihanna Binns, in Thursday’s semi-final.

They will dance on a moving stage set up to look like an American-style diner alongside 25-year-old singer Sarah McTernan for Ireland’s entry, 22.

A total of 17 countries are competing for 10 slots in the final including Russia, Malta, Denmark, Sweden and this year’s favourites, The Netherlands.

Choreographer and Zumba instructor Adele said: “It’s very surreal, it all happened so quickly. It’s even better than I expected.

“The first day of rehearsals was just mind-blowing. The stage is huge, there’s so much going on. The second time I went on stage I just stood there and went, ‘Wow’.”

Adele says as soon as her Dance LA students finish class on Thursday they will gather in the hotel across the road to watch the show together and cheer her on.

She added: “I think the song, 22, and the whole theme of our act is full of colour and fun. We could absolutely win for sure.”

Ireland’s Eurovision entry performs in the second semi-final on Thursday, May 16 which airs on RTE 2 at 8pm.