First finalists of Eurovision 2018 to be named on 8 May

Oh dear The 28-year-old songstress admitted she was left with a sore neck and hip after performing a hair flick during the choreography for her song We Got Love

Oh dear The 28-year-old songstress admitted she was left with a sore neck and hip after performing a hair flick during the choreography for her song We Got Love

REUTERS/Pedro Nunes Saara Aalto from Finland performs the song "Monsters" in Lisbon, Portugal, Monday, May 7, 2018 during a dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest.

In the end, the threat to Netta's favourite spot did not come from Norway or Estonia, countries that had been tracking her closely in the betting for the past few days.

Albania were a surprise finalist, as their entry Mall by Eugent Bushpepa divided opinion and wasn't considered a favourite.

Given that Ireland hasn't exactly impressed at the Eurovision in recent years, people are genuinely over the moon and many shared their joy on Twitter. Alekseev has noticed that he feels this support, and to submit to the song contest "Eurovision" in Belarus it is a great honor.

The second round of semi-finals is set to take plcae on Thursday.

The semi-finals are scheduled for 8 and 10 may, the final on may 12.

The result was made up of 50 per cent televoting by country and 50 per cent jury votes by country.

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