Israel's 'beautiful creature' Netta Barzilai qualifies for Eurovision 2018 final

Israel's 'beautiful creature' Netta Barzilai qualifies for Eurovision 2018 final

One of this year's favourites, Netta from Israel, performing in the first semi-final in Lisbon.

For the previous four years Ireland had failed to qualify for the Eurovision final.

The Finnish star rose to fame in the 2016 season of The X Factor and takes part in this year's first semi-final.

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).

The Eurovision Song Contest is in its 63rd edition and is now underway in Lisbon, Portugal.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will mark the 63rd year the competition has been running.

Christian Tierney, the director of the video for Ryan's song Together, shared a clip of Ryan's performance on the night with the caption, "Up the town" and an tricolour emoji.

Now, rumour has it that he's in talks for a Eurovision documentary for Netflix, which I think we can all agree would be pretty cool!

Competing against 18 other countries, the former Britain's Got Talent and Voice of Ireland contestant was among 10 acts to advance to Saturday's final. In 2015, she was a backing singer on Loic Nottet's Belgian entry, Rhythm Inside, while previous year she returned to Team Belgium as musical director for 2017 entry City Lights by Blanche.

The singer-songwriter SuRie was the surprise victor of the Eurovision: You Decide contest, beating heavy favourite Asanda to become the UK's 2018 entry. The other countries, including Australia, battle it out in two semi-finals, with the top ten performances from each heading through to the Grand Finals.

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