Ireland through to Eurovision Final with song penned by Wicklow man

10 May, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • Dazzling Jessica Mauboy oozed confidence on stage during the Eurovision rehearsals which took place in Lisbon on Tuesday

Three song options were put forward for Saara to perform on a TV show in Finland, with viewers in the country deciding the track she should sing at the contest.

Barzilai is set to perform at the semi-finals in Lisbon on May 8 and if successful, will appear in the live final on May 12.

For the first time since 2013, Ireland has qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final.

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We've has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record seven times - with our last victory being 1996 with Eimear Quinn's "The Voice".

We did it! Ryan O'Shaughnessy only went and did it!

Ireland's entry in 1994, "Rock'n'Roll Kids" by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan, also got to first place.

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Ryan O'Shaughnessy's handsome ballad "Together" won over the Lisbon crowd, as well as the voters watching at home around Europe, not to mention Ireland's competition commentator Marty Whelan, who had his own brilliant reaction to the qualification.

While Eurovision has been held since 1956 among member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Australia was allowed to participate as a guest entrant in 2015, the 60th edition of the contest.

As one of the so-called "big five" that give the most funding to the contest, the United Kingdom gets an automatic pass to the final along with four other countries and host nation Portugal.

This year however, the United Kingdom is represented by Eurovision: You Decide victor SuRie, and she's determined to win.

Held since 1956, Eurovision is the longest-running worldwide song competition broadcast on television.

The 63rd annual contest of the world's longest-running worldwide television music competition will stage its semifinals Tuesday and Thursday in Lisbon, Portugal.

Ryan O'Shaughnessy, 25, will take to the stage tonight for the first of the competition's semi-finals.

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