EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2014

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Eurovision 09 Image Name: Eurovision 09 Description: Repro Free: Today, Tuesday 29 April, Ireland’s Eurovision hopeful Kasey Smith and Can-Linn flew out to Copenhagen ahead of first rehearsals. The second semi-final, in which Ireland feature, takes place next Thurs 8 May, the final takes place on Saturday 10 May. Picture Andres Poveda
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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2014 – The Final (8pm, RTÉ One)

Live from the B&W Hallerne, Copenhagen, Denmark, artists from 26 countries will take to the stage hoping to be crowned winner in the 59th annual contest. Among them, hopefully, will be Ireland’s entry Heartbeat, sung by Kasey Smith and performed with Can-Linn.

Viewers in Ireland can vote for any of the other 25 finalists tonight.

The contest takes place in Denmark, following Emmelie de Forest’s win in the 2013 contest with the song Only Teardrops. This will be the third time that Denmark will host the contest, the last time being in 2001.

Eurovision this year is hosted by Pilou Asbæk, best known to viewers as Kasper Juul in Danish political drama series Borgen; musician Nikolaj Koppel and former X-Factor Denmark host Lise Rønne.

Television commentary by Marty Whelan.

The 6 direct finalists (other 20 chosen in two semi finals):

DENMARK                  Basim                                  Cliche Love Song        

FRANCE                        Twin Twin                       Moustache

GERMANY                  Elaiza                                   Is it Right?

ITALY                           Emma                                 La Mia Citta

SPAIN                             Ruth Lorenzo               Dancing in the Rain

UK                                     Molly                                  Children of the Universe