Spain nearly banned from this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest — SNAP JUDGEMENT

Thursday, 10 May, 2018

Ireland made it through to the final for the first time since 2013 at Tuesday's semi-final. The staging sees Christabelle flanked by images of protests.

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Eurovision record holders Ireland have failed to qualify for the song contest finals for the past few years, but could a former Britain's Got Talent finalist change all that? They left us last for a reason.

"That was the sense I got previous year as well; I know that a lot of people say that there's a bit of animosity against Australia [as an outsider in the pan-European competition] but I never got that sense".

Speaking about her future with Themeli and settling down, Jessica said: 'I actually haven't envisioned us being married, and I think it will happen when it happens'.

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Saara Aalto will perform 15th in the first semi-final on Tuesday (May 8), hoping to land a ticket to the Grand Final.

Others to make the final cut are Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania and Ireland. In 2015, she was a backing singer on Loic Nottet's Belgian entry, Rhythm Inside, while a year ago she returned to Team Belgium as musical director for 2017 entry City Lights by Blanche. To sing and dance on stage, he came out with his backpack - and it's not just.

Netta Barzilai, who performed her song Toy, has been the favourite with bookmakers to win this year's competition. Each year, participating countries choose a song to be performed on live television and radio around the world, after which global audiences vote on which song deserves the win.

While the suspense was reaching at its peak, the presenters Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah and Catarina Furtado announced the 10 lucky entries, which will keep chasing their dream in the Eurovision battle.

Michael Idato is a Senior Writer based in Los Angeles for The Sydney Morning Herald.