Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Eurovision 2018 second semi final to take place today

Eurovision 2018 second semi final to take place today

Mango TV has been airing the Eurovision Song Contest in China for the past three years, however some changes were made ahead of this year's semi-final broadcast.

The UK, as one of the "Big Five" countries, is already assured of a place in Saturday's grand final. Singer-songwriter SuRie hopes to end more than two decades of failure with her song, Storm. So, we have set you a quiz to test your knowledge of this year's participants.

Are you ready for tonight's Eurovision semi-final?

Ryan O'Shaughnessy (pictured) will be representing Ireland at the final in Lisbon on Saturday.

Russia, which does take part in the contest, had threatened to block the broadcast of the performance over the LGBT routine. It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final'.

The entry from Albania was also removed from the Chinese broadcast as their representative Eugent Bushpepa has tattoos.

Ryan - whose girlfriend Ailbhe Casey joined him in Lisbon on Monday - said the decision to include dancers as a gay couple was because he wanted to show love was universal.

Portugal as the victor of the previous contest, held in Kyiv, and organizer of the current "Eurovision" will immediately act in the final, along with representatives of the "Big five" - Germany, Spain, UK, Italy and France.

Meanwhile, the Russian commentator ignored the theme of Ireland's performance and instead told viewers that the song was about "true male friendship".

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.

Ryan's backing dancers, Alan McGrath and Kevin O'Dwyer, said they have been overwhelmed by the support they have received so far in Lisbon.

Speaking about the experience, Alan said: "It's an incredible feeling".

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