Eurovision hopefuls prepare for first semi-final

Eurovision hopefuls prepare for first semi-final

The actor was recently spotted in Lisbon for the Song Contest and revealed to French publication 20 Minutes that he's been a following it for nearly twenty years.

Mauboy will perform in the second Eurovision semi-final on Thursday.

In one of the most unexpected events of the year, Ireland has made it through to the Eurovision final for the first time in five years.

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

The annual Eurovision Song Contest has always been an global spectacle.

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During last night's Eurovision broadcast, 25-year-old O'Shaughnessy, who describes himself as a "versatile singer", performed "Together" in the semi-finals, much to the crowds delight.

Russian Federation has sent the same contestant that was due to take part a year ago: Julia Samoylova, a finalist from her country's version of The X Factor and who performed at the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics in Sochi in 2014.

Ryan O'Shaughnessy sang Together. "I think I speak for us all when I say that I'm so happy other countries can understand what we're trying to do here", he said.

The performance was a huge hit and sent Ireland into the finals. The other countries, including Australia, battle it out in two semi-finals, with the top ten performances from each heading through to the Grand Finals. In fact, the dance almost lands on the country's three-year-anniversary of the historic referendum.

It is time to put up the bunting, make your final part preparations ang get ready to cheer her on all the way this Saturday night.

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