WATCH: Ryan O'Shaughnessy's backstage reaction to qualifying for Eurovision final is fantastic 2 years ago

WATCH: Ryan O'Shaughnessy's backstage reaction to qualifying for Eurovision final is fantastic

In case you haven't heard the news, Ireland qualified for the Eurovision final last night.

The first of the Eurovision semi-finals was held in Lisbon on Tuesday evening, with the second due to be held this Thursday.

Ireland joined 18 other countries as they performed in the hopes of landing one of the top ten spots, which would see them move on to the main stage during Saturday's final.

And, after what basically felt like forever, Ireland's Ryan O'Shaughnessy was called as the tenth finalist of the night.

Fans were absolutely delighted - especially since Ireland hasn't qualified for the final since 2013.

Ryan told the Eurovision cameras backstage how it was impossible to describe the feeling of being called up for the final.

Speaking around the 3:20 mark, he added:

"I think I speak for us all when I say that I'm so happy other countries can understand what we're trying to do here.

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

"Other countries have seen that, so I'm just so happy that other people feel what we feel."

Clip via Eurovision Song Contest

The second leg of the semi-finals will air on Thursday, where the remainder of the hopefuls will battle it out.

Meanwhile, we'll find out who will win the coveted Eurovision trophy when the final takes place on Saturday 12 May.