Australia's Isaiah Firebrace makes it through to Eurovision finals in Ukraine

The 17-year-old Indigenous Australian performed 'Don't Come Easy' on the Eurovision stage in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Isaiah Firebrace performs in Ukraine.

Isaiah Firebrace performs in Ukraine. Source: SBS/Eurovision Song Contest

Australian contestant Isaiah Firebrace has made it through to the Eurovision finals to be held this weekend in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

The 17-year-old performed his song ‘Don’t Come Easy’ in the first semi-final early this morning, Australian time.

The young performer, from the tiny town of Moama in southern NSW, was one of 10 in the first semi-final to make it through to finals night.

"Tonight I just wanted to deliver my best performance and really connect to the lyrics of my song and make Australia proud," Firebrace said. 

"Eurovision has been a dream come true for me, and I’m so happy I get to be on the stage again for the Grand Final. I am so thankful for all the support from fans over here and everyone back home."

WATCH: SBS Europe Correspondent Brett Mason reports from Kyiv

Firebrace is the third Australian to compete in the contest, after Dami Im, who took second place in 2016, and Guy Sebastian, who placed fifth in 2015.

He isn’t the only Australian contestant in this year’s competition. Denmark’s contestant, Anja Nissen, was raised on her parent’s farm west of Sydney and won ‘The Voice’ in 2014.

She will compete in the second semi-final night to be held Friday morning Australian-time.

SBS will broadcast semi-final two on Friday at 5am and the grand final on Sunday at 5am. The shows will be available on shortly after they finish airing.

The finals and semi-finals will be rebroadcast this weekend, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7.30 pm.

Ukraine won the right to hold the contest with an emotionally and politically charged entry, 1944, performed by Jamala in last year’s contest.

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Published 10 May 2017 at 6:53am
By Ben Winsor