Eurovision: The 5 favorites in kitschy pop song contest

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Others to make the final cut are Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania and Ireland.

Though Ireland is still the most successful country at the contest, with seven wins, we haven't been in the Eurovision since we came in last place back in 2013.

Historically Finland has rarely done well at the Eurovision Song Contest and has only won the longest-running annual global TV song competition once.

Ryan O'Shaughnessy's handsome ballad "Together" won over the Lisbon crowd, as well as the voters watching at home around Europe, not to mention Ireland's competition commentator Marty Whelan, who had his own brilliant reaction to the qualification.

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Last year, Finland's national broadcaster announced that Saara would represent her country at Eurovision 2018.

It is Cyprus' 31st time participating in Eurovision after joining the song contest in 1981, but has yet to emerge as the victor, placed fifth three times.

Ireland's entry has proceeded to the finals.

Well, only the best, strangest, most eclectic TV song contest that has ever existed.

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

Since 2005 the country has awarded points to the United Kingdom on only three occasions: in 2009 (six points), in 2011 (four points) and in 2016 (the first year of split voting, with the United Kingdom receiving six points from the Russian jury and none from the Russian public). Since then, the likes of Molly Sterling and Nicky Byrne have fallen at the semi-final hurdle.

"I should sing from here", she said shortly before bursting into song.

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The second semifinal takes place in two days, when another set of 10 candidates will be selected to the final of Saturday.

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