Eurovision 2018 second semi final to take place today

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Russian Federation and Australia will compete to join Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest final, when the second semi-final is held in Lisbon on Thursday night.

The bookmakers changed after the first semi-final of the competition.

Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst shot to fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with her song "Rise Like A Phoenix" and used her platform to campaign for gay rights.

Since the introduction of Semi-Finals, we only count songs the first time they are performed, meaning that the countries pre-qualified for the Grand Final are the last ones to be counted. It has been broadcasting the Eurovision in China since 2015.

Russia, which does take part in the contest, had threatened to block the broadcast of the performance over the LGBT routine.

O'Shaughnessy also spoke about his shock when he made it through the semi-finals to compete in the famous song contest.

Chinese broadcaster Mango TV has reportedly been barred from televising the Eurovision Song Contest.

Ryan's performance featured a gay couple holding hands, which makes history as Ireland is the first country to feature a same-sex couple in Eurovision.

The campaign is urging fans to take a picture with a loved one a bench and post it to social media using #LoveisLove #Together and #Ireland.

Alan grabbed headlines in 2013 as one of Ryan Dolan's backing dancers, the a year ago Ireland made the final.

Despite the controversy, Ryan's backing dancers, Alan McGrath and Kevin O'Dwyer, say that have been overwhelmed by the support they have received so far.

Ryan O'Shaughnessy will be representing Ireland at the final in Lisbon on Saturday with a song about the end of a relationship.

'I don't remember one second on stage, it just was a blur, the feeling just from the whole arena was unbelievable, ' Kevin said.

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