Ireland's fate in this year's Eurovision Song Contest has been revealed

Friday, 12 May, 2017

It is a well-established fact that politics plays a part in the voting patterns of Eurovision, with many Eastern European countries sending a good chunk of their points towards Russian Federation come the grand finale. Over the years the country has entered contestants singing in all four of its national languages.

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Ukraine won the right to host the Eurovision contest and automatically qualify for the final by winning previous year.

Firebrace told Fairfax Media he was focusing his energy on delivering a next-level performance of Don't Come Easy this weekend. "If it was my song then I would definitely, yeah".

Lucie admitted she is not thinking about the effect of Brexit will have on our chances this year, telling PA (via The Sun): "There is this political vote every year that people talk about and, yes, this year is slightly different with the sort of political climate going on, but it is something that I am not concentrating on".

Of the two, Sweden has been the gold class performer in recent years: in the last five years they have cracked the top five four times, and won the competition outright twice.

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Moreover, despite Macron's can-do attitude, the enthusiasm for the former investment banker has its limits. She said she hoped and believed that cooperation with Macron would progress "in exactly this spirit".

"It's only fair that each song in the Eurovision Song Contest is judged on its individual merits on the night".

In 1989 Swiss vocal group Furbaz entered Eurovision with a song in Romansh - the only Eurovision song ever sung in the minority language.

That's because Francesco Gabbani, competing for Italy, is the bookies' favourite to win Eurovision 2017 thanks to his - rather catchy - track Occidental Karma.

This Saturday, the grand finale of the 62nd annual Eurovision Song Contest - the longest-running global TV song competition in the world - will be streamed live on YouTube beginning at 3pm ET.

Before the first semifinal results were announced on May 9, Crimean Tatar singer Jamala, who won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, performed her winning song about the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Lucie appeared on The X Factor in 2009, where she made it into the live shows.