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

Robyn Ryan
May 12, 2017

Paul Weller has declared his interest in representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest, saying that he would "definitely" do it if he could perform one of his own songs.

Ireland has triumphed seven times, while Sweden is a close second with six wins.

"It's a great honour for me to be in Sevastopol today, it's very exciting and joyful to perform here on such a day", said Ms Samoylova.

For the first semi-final, 18 countries competed against each other in Kiev to secure a place in the Grand Final.

Now let's see how close your own results will be to tonight's semi-final, after the announcement of the 10 qualifiers!

And although she still faces quite the battle for victory - the United Kingdom last won 20 years ago now - Lucie is confident it's possible.

The tune, "I Feel Alive", is sung entirely in English and features a Mediterranean pop beat reminiscent of esteemed hits such as Eden Ben Zaken's "Malkat Hashoshanim" ("Queen of Roses"), Sarit Hadad's "Lama Li" ("Why Me") and "Yesh Li Ahava" ("I Have Love in Me") by Noa Kirel.

"People have their ideas about things, but it's Eurovision", she added.

"I can't wait to smash the shit out of the song in the grand final", he said.

On 9th May, the first semi-final for Eurovision Song Contest 2017 started with a bang.

Out of 18, only 10 countries could go further into the competition while the other 8 had to bid farewell to the audience. You can't get more political than that, right?But surely Eurovision must be more than just politics - it is a singing competition, after all.

The six-decade old song competition has served as the launchpad for a string of high-profile artists, notably ABBA, who won in 1974 with Waterloo, Celine Dion, who won with Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi in 1988 and Brotherhood of Man, who won in 1976 with Save All Your Kisses For Me.

The spectacular show was broadcast live from the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv. He's been the country's commentator for the Song Contest, hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest twice, and also hosted the country's national selection.

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