Ireland secures Eurovision finals berth

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Along with Israel, Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland and Ireland will all move on to the final leg of the competition.

Writes The Guardian: "The great surprise of Tuesday's first semi-final was easily Ireland's Ryan O'Shaughnessy".

This year however, the United Kingdom is represented by Eurovision: You Decide victor SuRie, and she's determined to win.

Barzilay's success means Israel is reaching the finals for the fourth year in a row.

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It is the 31-year-old's first time performing at the song contest.

"We were beside Switzerland and or a moment I thought this is it we're out".

Now she has to compete in the final competition, which will take place on Saturday, may 12. It got a 98% audience share in Iceland a year ago, even though the country's entry, Paper by Svala Björgvinsdóttir, did not make the final.

When she walked the blue carpet for the opening of this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon on Sunday, she acknowledged throwing her whole body into that flick was a health hazard.

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Eurovision contestant and singer-songwriter Ryan O'Shaughnessy of Ireland has been melting hearts since releasing his single "Together" earlier this year.

The event was broadcast on the official YouTube-channel of Eurovision song contest.

"I know our results have fluctuated over the years but I have a really good feeling about our chances this year", the singer shared.

As a member of the so-called "Big Five", Germany gets to side-step the semi-finals and he'll perform directly in Saturday's final with You Let Me Walk Alone.

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