News May 11, 2018

Note-perfect Jessica Mauboy performances push Australia into Eurovision grand final

Note-perfect Jessica Mauboy performances push Australia into Eurovision grand final
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Two on-the-money note-perfect performances at Lisbon’s Altice Arena, by of her sing-a-long anthem ‘#We Got Love’ garnered the votes to push Australia into the grand final.

Mauboy joins Guy Sebastian, Dami Im and Isaiah Firebrace who all previously took Australia into the finals.

The final will be screened locally on Sunday May 13 at 5am (AEST) by SBS.

The second semi-final, which aired at 5am this morning, will be repeated at 7:30pm tonight.

Last year the grand final saw a record 541,000 Australians wake at 5am to tune in while 1.1 million watched the evening replay.

SBS figures showed that over the course of the week, 3 million Australians watched the two semi-finals and the grand final live or on delay.

Mauboy’s success came as a surprise to many online betting companies who suggested she would only finish mid-ranking.

But Mauboy was supremely confident.

Earlier in the week she told SBS, “Everything seems to be going to plan so far, my rehearsals have been exactly what I’d imagine them to be.

“It’s been really overwhelming, emotionally overwhelming.”

Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Serbia, Moldova, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovenia and The Netherlands have also moved in to the top tier.

Earlier, Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland and Ireland were also, in the first round of voting, moved into the grand final.

They’re up against host Portugal along with France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK who have guaranteed places in the contest.

Russian and Romania dropped out for the first time.

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