Niamh Kavanagh qualifies for the Eurovision Final

Ireland has qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final for the first time in four years. Niamh Kavanagh, singing 'It's for You', will be the tenth performer in Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest final, which will be broadcast live on Ireland's national television and radio stations RTE One and RTE Radio 1 from 8 P. M.

Speaking after her qualification Kavanagh, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, said that waiting to hear the names of the countries that had qualified was as nerve-wracking as waiting for the last vote when she won the Eurovision.

'I thought the audience were magnificent with all of the acts,' said the singer.

The other nine countries that qualified from Thursday night's second semi-final are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Israel, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. Bookies have made Azerbaijan the favorites to win the competition, but odds on an Irish win have been shortened.

'I’m totally delighted,' Kavanagh told the press. 'The team have been fantastic all the way through and we’re very excited about reaching the final. We’ll keep on doing what we’ve been doing – thank you to everyone for their support.'