It’s almost that time of year again when we break out the wine, hang up the disco glitter ball and settle down to watch the spectacle that is Eurovision.
The competition is never understated at the best of times – but this year has all the drama from a controversial location to a jaw-dropping interval act.
And of course, with a record breaking seven wins under our belt, Irish people hold a special place in their hearts for the singing competition.
Ahead of the musical juggernaut next month, here’s all you need to know about this year’s Eurovision Song Contest:
Where is Eurovision 2019 taking place?
The city of Tel Aviv in Israel will host the Eurovision song contest this year after winning the 2018 battle in Lisbon, Portugal.
The decision has led to calls by pro-Palestinian groups to boycott the competition.
When is Eurovision 2019?
There will be two semi-finals on Tuesday 14 May and Thursday 16 May.
A total of 41 countries will compete, but only the top 26 nations from both shows will go through to the final Saturday 18 May.
Who is performing for Ireland in the Eurovision?
Clare singer Sarah McTernan will represent Ireland in this year’s contest with a song called ’22’, written by Dutch songwriters Janieck, Marcia ‘Misha’ Sondeijker,and Roulsen.
The 25-year-old mum of one is no stranger to TV singing competitions, having placed third on RTE talent show The Voice of Ireland in 2015.
When can I watch Ireland compete in Eurovision?
Ireland is performing in the second semi final on Thursday 16 May – and you won’t have to wait too long to see Sarah in action.
We’re second up to perform after Armenia opens the show.
What are Ireland’s chances of winning Eurovision 2019?
At the moment, not great to be honest.
Eurovisionworld.com are predicting a meagre 28th place finish for Ireland, behind Finland and just ahead of Hungary.
The Netherlands are hot favourites to win, followed by Russia, Switzerland and Sweden.
Where’s Johnny Logan when you need him?
Is Madonna REALLY the interval act?
The Queen of Pop is set to headline the interval during the 18 May final.
She’s rumoured to be performing two songs and with Jean Paul Gautier reported to be dressing her for the event, the fabulousness will be off the charts.
Well, given that it’s the 25 anniversary of Riverdance rocking the Eurovision stage in Dublin, they had to come up with something pretty special didn’t they?
What else can we expect from Eurovision 2019?
From contestants to presenters, there’ll be plenty of other familiar faces at this year’s show.
DJ Darude (remember early noughties banger ‘Sandstorm’?) is performing Finland’s entry while supermodel Bar Rafaeli is co-hosting the event.
Audiences can look forward to an interval performance from Austrian drag queen and 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst.
Meanwhile, Wonderwoman herself in the form of Israeli actress Gal Gadot is even making a special appearance.
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Source: Celebrity News Ireland