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Hosted the second semifinal of "Eurovision-2018": Russian Federation didn't make the finals

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At the post-show press conference, Mauboy credited the audience for lifting her performance.

It was the Aussie singer's first tilt at competition in Portugal, after a week of typical glitzy Eurovision events, from the Blue Carpet opening to numerous rehearsals to refine her made for TV performance.

"It's a huge thrill that people across Europe have taken We Got Love to their hearts".

The Fallin' chart star is one of those live artists who feeds off the energy of a crowd with many commentators remarking she owned the room and scored the biggest participation and cheers of her semi.

With seven victories, Ireland is the most successful country at the contest, but finished in last place at the final in 2013 and hasn't competed since.

Of the 18 who participated in the second semi-final countries in the contest's final ten were: Norway, Serbia, Denmark, Moldova, Netherlands, Australia, Hungary, Sweden, Slovenia, Ukraine.

Jessica Mauboy has sung her way through to the Eurovision final in Lisbon.

Representing Ireland in Tuesday's showdown, Ryan O'Shaughnessy performed "Together", backed by male dancers Alan McGrath and Kevin O'Dwyer in a pas de deux.

While Mauboy has waxed and waned among the predictions, the down-to-earth Darwin artist has charmed the Eurovision family, winning hearts among fellow contestants and the judges media room.

There had been speculation that Russian Federation would not broadcast Ireland's performance during Tuesday's semi-final in Portugal, but it was shown in full.

The network also cut tattooed Albanian singer Eugent Bushpepa, as tattoos are considered subversive by the Chinese government.

She has been dubbed "Bjork on steroids" for her energetic performance.

She first became noticed as a 14-year-old at the Tamworth country music festival, and then shot to fame as a runner up on Australian Idol in 2006.

The grand final will air on SBS on Sunday from 5am and is repeated from 7.30pm.