On song: Irish team steps out at Eurovision
Contestants from 41 countries walked an orange carpet in Tel Aviv's Culture Square for the opening ceremony of Eurovision 2019, brushing aside security concerns and calls for a pro-Palestinian boycott.
The 64th Eurovision Song Contest holds semi-finals this week, with Ireland's Sarah McTiernan performing on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Graham Norton has claimed his Eurovision Song Contest gig barely qualifies as work as he prepares for Saturday's final. The star (56) took over from Terry Wogan as host of the BBC's coverage.
"I sit back and watch the show, making the odd comment. Work is really a big word for what I actually do on the night," he said.