Hotly contested first Eurovision semi-final

Putting on a show! Jessica revealed her performance is'shaping up really well as she hit the stage at the Altice Arena in Portugal's capital Lisbon

Putting on a show! Jessica revealed her performance is'shaping up really well as she hit the stage at the Altice Arena in Portugal's capital Lisbon

Zasimauskaitė competed against 18 singers in the first semi-final and got into the final along Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Israel, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland and Ireland. While Ryan O'Shaughnessy's song "Together" still fits the mold of the previously described power ballad, his performance of the song on Tuesday (May 8) featured two male dancers romantically moving through the song.

"We're trying to make a little bit of a change, let people see that love is love".

At first listen, the single sounds like just another love song. It was helped by great staging: a young couple dancing with each other on a park bench, and twirling around a lamp-post in the snow.

Merkel denounces Iran attack on Israeli positions
But it is now time for "Germany to draw up its response by June" on proposed European reforms, Macron said. But she also underlined that disagreements still dog many proposals for further integration of the bloc.

The first semi-final of the global competition took place on Tuesday in Lisbon, the arena Altice. Two men. That might not go down well in Russian Federation with its "gay propaganda" ban, but should everywhere else.

Barzilai, who reportedly fell down the stairs after it was announced that she had made it to the finals, said she was "proud and excited", and promised "to do whatever I can to bring next year's Eurovision to Israel". Singer SuRie will represent the United Kingdom with her song "Storms".

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