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Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy, 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Skerries, performs ‘Together’ at the Altice Arena hall in Lisbon. Photograph: Reuters/Rafael Marchante

When is the Eurovision final on? The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 final, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, begins at 8pm Saturday night on RTÉ On(...)

Australia’s Jessica Mauboy performs ‘We Got Love’ at the Altice Arena hall in Lisbon. Photograph: Reuters/Rafael Marchante

On Tuesday Ryan O’Shaughnessy restored our national pride by qualifying for the Eurovision finals. For most of us, that five-year absence was worse th(...)

Israel’s Netta Barzilai bursts out of the blocks like the kimono-wearing offspring of Bjork and Meghan Trainor.

Israel Netta Barzilai - Toy From dancing grannies to bearded ladies, the WTF bar is set preternaturally high at Eurovision. The latest performer to t(...)

A screengrab of a racist tweet by Nick Harrington, a Conservative Party councillor representing the Warwick area of Coventry.

A Conservative Party councillor has been suspended after a racist tweet was sent from his Twitter account when Ireland failed to give the UK any point(...)

Azerbaijan’s Dihaj performs the song Skeletons during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The scene: A house party divided by those overly invested in Eurovision, clutching their betting sweepstakes slips of paper while their friends contin(...)

Israeli singer Imri Ziv rehearses for the Eurovision final in Kiev. Israel’s public service broadcaster has been shut down. Photograph: Surgei Supinsky/Getty Images

Tonight is the European Broadcasting Union’s big party. Some 26 countries with member or associate public service broadcasters will take part in the E(...)

Ruslana delivers her winning performance in the  2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. Photograph: Photograph: Murad Sezer/AP

In its preview of the 2004 Eurovision song contest, The Irish Times described Ukraine’s Ruslana as a “Catherine Zeta-Jones lookalike in Xena Warrior P(...)

Russian singer, composer and songwriter Yulia Samoilova, who has been chosen to represent Russia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: EPA/Russian TV Channel 1

Ukraine has refused to reverse its decision to ban Russia’s entrant from next month’s Eurovision Song Contest, despite the fierce criticism of organis(...)

Ukrainian singer Jamala, winner of the Eurovision song contest 2016, holds a placard during the draw for Eurovision 2017, in Kiev. File photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s preparations to host the Eurovision song contest in May will not be derailed by the high-profile resignations of several organising members (...)

 Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow performs during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest final. The Swede is one of the favourites to win this year’s competition. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/EPA

By 8pm tomorrow, the results of the same-sex marriage referendum will almost surely be known, and the country will be wrung out and in the need of a l(...)

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