Watch Ireland's moving Eurovision entry 'Together' by Ryan O'Shaughnessy


"His "Together" doesn't sound impressive on first listen - a cliche-stuffed love song ("I thought we'd be together 'til we die") - but in Lisbon it soared, a real tear-jerker".

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The Eurovision song contest kicked into high gear on Tuesday in Lisbon with tens of thousands of music fans further boosting the record tourist numbers in the city, where pop star Madonna fixed her residence previous year.

SuRie sounds ideal, looks stunning and owns the stage with a maturity that belies her years.

It's the first time Ireland has made the Grand Final since 2013.

Last night 19 countries went head-to-head for a chance to compete in this Saturday's massive Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final. "I love Eurovision so I have been searching for the right opportunity to be part of it".

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Chance after chance went begging for the visitors who had only previously lost two La Liga fixtures since the turn of the year. Ramos took responsibility but his shot hit the cross-bar to the delight of the home fans as the score remained 2-0.

Last year, she returned to Team Belgium as musical director for 2017 entry City Lights by Blanche.

This year however, she hopes for a better result.

Brendan congratulated Ryan adding that "it's times like this I'm proud to be Irish".

SuRie graduated from The Royal Academy of Music and has classical roots in piano, voice and oboe.

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.

Eurovision 2018 airs Saturday BBC at 8pm.