Ireland Qualifies For Eurovision Final!

14 May, 2018, 06:03 | Author: Jason Torres
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But, as with all things Eurovision, anything can happen.

With diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Russian Federation at their coolest for decades, this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon could offer a chance for both countries to forgive, or punish, each other in front of millions of TV viewers.

26 countries will participate in the Eurovision finals, which will be held in Lisbon next week.

At this year's Eurovision: You Decide, singer-songwriter SuRie was the surprise victor, beating out heavy favourite Asanda to become the UK's entry in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. TV viewers can not cast votes for representatives of their countries.

Fans were absolutely delighted - especially since Ireland hasn't qualified for the final since 2013.

This year, 43 nations send one participant to Lisbon for the 63rd iteration of the contest. Since then, the likes of Molly Sterling and Nicky Byrne have fallen at the semi-final hurdle.

"It's a very cultural and traditional thing which we Australians have been watching for many years, holding our breath to one day possibly be a part of it", she said.

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Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, explained about Belarus' broadcaster, BTRC, hosting the show: "We made a decision to give the host broadcaster more time to prepare for the event, that's why we announced it earlier".

The UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain do not compete in the semi finals as they have a direct pass through to the final.

SBS will air the first-semi final tonight at 7.30pm; the second semi-final will air live on Friday at 5am and repeated at 7.30pm, the final will air live on Sunday at 5am and repeated at 7.30pm.

Over 200 million people across the world tune in. This year, Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey again get to host the action, both in the semi-finals and in the Grand Final.

The Spanish singers were close to being expelled after Brisa Fenoy, a representative of the professional jury appointed by Spanish broadcaster TVE, published a photograph of the couple during general rehearsals, something strictly forbidden by the competition rules. The SBS On Demand app is also available to download for both iOS and Android.

If you're less inclined to hear Myf and Joel rattle on, then you're next best bet is to watch the live stream on the Official Eurovision YouTube Channel.

Jessica appeared as the interval act at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, a moment that led to Australia being accepted into Eurovision on a permanent basis the following year.

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