Ireland Is Through To The Eurovision Final

Dazzling Jessica Mauboy oozed confidence on stage during the Eurovision rehearsals which took place in Lisbon on Tuesday

Last year's victor, Portugal's Salvador Sobral, sang in Portuguese and 2016's victor, Jamala, sang in English, Crimean and Tatar.

This year, 43 nations send one participant to Lisbon for the 63rd iteration of the contest.

On stage were representatives of 19 countries, but only ten of them will fight in the final, which will take place this Saturday.

On Friday another Australia will face off against Norway, Romania, Serbia, San Marino, Denmark, Russia, Moldova, The Netherlands, Georgia, Poland, Malta, Hungary, Latvia, Sweden, Montenegro, Slovenia and Ukraine for the remaining 10 open slots in the final.

This is because the BBC is still part of the European Broadcasting Union which organises the contest, and EU membership is not required.

This year the Eurovision organizers have replaced the traditional red carpet for blue, considering the theme of this year's competition, which is dedicated to the ocean.

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We're sending Aussie darling and ex-Australian Idol contestant Jessica Mauboy across to Lisbon, Portugal.

"We were beside Switzerland and or a moment I thought this is it we're out". It's a big, powerful ballad with big drumbeats and a catchy chorus about how love is great and should inspire us to not give up.

Lisbon will host the grand final on May 12.

The exit in the semi final for Azerbaijan can be seen as a shock exit.

Speaking at the first semi-final, the singer, whose real name is Susanna Marie Cork, said she was excited for Saturday, adding: "It's such a dream". "Eurovision really talks to us Aussies in all its rainbow colours", Mauboy said.

If you reckon you won't be able to wake up at 5am, or will be unable to watch Eurovision this year, there's also a full re-run of the day's performance at 7:30pm on SBS.

Guy Sebastian, Dami Im and Isaiah have given it their best at Eurovision since 2015, and this year it's Jessica Mauboy's turn.

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