Eurovision cuts ties with China after they censored Ireland's performance

  • Eurovision cuts ties with China after they censored Ireland's performance

Eurovision cuts ties with China after they censored Ireland's performance

Watch Mauboy's performance below.

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.

Jessica Mouboy performed her song "We Got Love".

Ireland has won the contest the most times with seven victories.

"The people in the crowd, and the people watching at home feeling this electricity, this synergy".

The first of the two semi-finals - with the second to air on Thursday - also saw former X Factor contestant Saara Aalto make it through to Saturday night, representing Finland.

Mauboy faces a monumental challenge to win the contest with Cyprus's fiery Eleni Foureira, Norway's polished pop prince Alexander Rybak and Israel's quirky loop queen Netta the popular frontrunners.

A total of 26 countries will compete in Saturday's Grand Final, including the big five countries who automatically qualify, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom, and hosts Portugal.

The song Together by Irish contestant Ryan O'Shaughnessy was one of those removed from Wednesday's show.

Opinions on the ban were mixed - many users said they supported the decision to block the semi-final and grand final broadcasts, but others said Mango TV may not have had much choice but to censor the program.

"It's the first time I've had breakfast with that many viewers and it's a couple of hundred million", Mauboy joked.

Albania's performance was also not featured, reportedly because numerous performers had tattoos.

We're sure she'll do Australia proud on Saturday night! The 28-year-old posted a lovely picture of herself just before her performance all glammed up and ready to hit the stage.

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

Kathy McCabe travelled to Lisbon as a guest of SBS.