Cyprus makes it through Eurovision semi-final, favourite to win

The Czech Republic's Mikolas Josef has progressed to Saturday's final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

Can we make this the first win for Ireland since 1996?

Ireland was up against it on the night, having been included in the first semi-final, dubbed the group of death.

Held since 1956, Eurovision is the longest-running global song competition broadcast on television.

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, this week.

Ryan O'Shaughnessy, 25, will take to the stage tonight for the first of the competition's semi-finals.

Israel has made the final round for the past four years consecutively, and has won the competition three times.

"It was whiplash all right", she said.

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The Eurovision 2018 final will air this Saturday night from Lisbon, Portugal.

Among those sending their well wishes to Ryan following the news are past Ireland Eurovision representatives Nicky Byrne, Brendan Murray and Dustin the Turkey.

Singer-songwriter SuRie is representing the UK.

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

"That was the sense I got past 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".

"Other countries have seen that, so I'm just so happy that other people feel what we feel".

Named after 2008 Norwegian contestant Maria Haukass Storeng, provoking the Maria Effect at the pre-party is considered a good omen for the grand final.

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