Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Ryan O'Shaughnessy's hit ballad takes Ireland to Eurovision final

Ryan O'Shaughnessy's hit ballad takes Ireland to Eurovision final

While watching the ever-fluid betting odds, fans became excited by seeing her rise to third of the 43 Eurovision contestants and there were even talks of her netting Australia's first win.

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

As "a proud Brit" representing the United Kingdom on Saturday night, SuRie will be singing her song Storm.

Finland's representative Saara Aalto will perform "Monsters" at the Grand Final, which takes place this Saturday, May 12 in Lisbon.

Participants must be active members of the European Broadcasting Union.

Ryan revealed backstage how it was impossible to describe his feeling of qualifying for the final.

While Mauboy has previous experience on the Eurovision stage as a guest performer at the 2014 competition in Copenhagen, she admits to being nervous ahead of Thursday's performance on the big stage.

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

Guy Sebastian, Dami Im and Isaiah have given it their best at Eurovision since 2015, and this year it's Jessica Mauboy's turn. The former actor in Fair City and finalist on Britain's Got Talent will perform the song Together at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. Rylan can't help but feel for the acts that don't qualify tonight: "It's got to be terrible to have got this far and performed at the semis and not get through".

The annual song contest begins early Wednesday morning on May 9, with the first semi-final starting at 5am AEST.

DJ Scott Mills, who is part of the BBC's Eurovision commentating team, has labelled SuRie's track the "most Eurovision-friendly song the United Kingdom's had in years".

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