Eurovision song contest seeks new viewers across the globe

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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.

The actual Grand Final running order will be determined and publicly announced after the end of both semi-finals on Thursday evening, when we'll finally know all the 26 contenders of the 2018 Eurovision trophy!

About having back some previous participating countries or even new ones in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand concluded that "Eighteen countries is the limit of participating countries we've set".

Saara Aalto is one of several Eurovision Song Contest entrants who British viewers may recognise at this year's competition.

The 25-year-old Dubliner got a big reaction to his performance "Together" in Lisbon tonight. 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.

Ladies and gentlemen! Our hearts beat from Lisbon, where the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is now taking place.

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No country can vote for its own contestant. "I think it is very cheerful, it is more about this than the songs". The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is being held in Lisbon and will be shown on the BBC and across the world.

Ryan O'Shaugnessy's through to the Eurovision final.

And with Australia's very own Jessica Mauboy representing the Land Down Under at the song contest, you'll want to wake up early and vote live.

As one of the so-called "big five" that give the most funding to the contest, the United Kingdom gets an automatic pass to the final along with four other countries and host nation Portugal. "That I think we all believe that it has a life beyond Europe and we need to be careful how we look at that".

Forty-three countries will...

The grand final takes place this Saturday. I'd be the happiest person in the world!

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