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VIDEO: Irish Eurovision singer Kasey tipped to qualify tonight

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Sunday World's Eddie Rowley and Kasey Smith in Copenhagen
Sunday World's Eddie Rowley and Kasey Smith in Copenhagen

Ireland's stunning Eurovision singer Kasey Smith will tonight compete in the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest here in Copenhagen - and she's set for victory.

Eurovision guru Paul G Sheridan of the Mooney show on RTE Radio 1 tells the Sunday World: "Kasey will sail through tonight's semi-final.

"This is Ireland's best song in recent years and at this point I believe we will finish in the top 10 in the grand final on Saturday night."

The Irish entry has also been given the thumbs up by celebrities that include X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary.

And Laura Whitmore joined Kasey at an Irish party in the Shamrock Inn earlier this week to show her support.

"I think the song is brilliant," Laura (below) told me. "Kasey has an amazing voice. I interviewed her when she was in Wonderland but she's very different now. I love the whole production with the dancers.

"Ireland will definitely get through to the final."

Kasey will perform Heartbeat, a song co-written by Hazel Kaneswaran, whose brother, Siva, is a member of The Wanted.

Hazel teamed up with three Swedish songwriters: Jonas Gladnikoff, who wrote two successful Irish Eurovision entries, including It's For You by Niamh Kavanagh in 2010; Rasmus Palmgren, writer of the current Swedish Idol winning song, and Patrizia Helander, Swedish Idol 2007 finalist.

Kasey, who did a very strong dress rehearsal last night for the jury vote, is backed by trad group Can-Linn, featuring backing vocalists Donna Bissett and Jenni Bowden, fiddle player Denice Doyle and dancers Thomas Spratt and Tarik Shebani.

This morning I caught up with Kasey Smith for a quick chat with sundayworld.com backstage at the Eurovision Song Contest here in Copenhagen.