Isaiah Firebrace gives Australia top-10 finish in Eurovision 2017 contest


He might not have quite risen to the heights of his Eurovision predecessors, but Isaiah Firebrace delivered on his promise of a pitch-perfect performance in Kyiv this morning.

The Echuca-Moama teen finished ninth in the six-decade-old singing contest, his country's third consecutive top-10 finish.

But his strong showing in the Eurovision final was spoiled when an Australian flag-wearing hooligan rushed the stage and mooned cameras during a performance of reigning winner, Ukraine's Jamala.

The man, a known Ukrainian prankster, Vitalii Sediuk, was tackled off the stage by security during the interval act.

It was a disappointing follow-up to Isaiah's performance, one that earned him 173 votes from professional juries and at-home audiences.

The tally could not compete with eventual winner Salvador Sobral, from Portugal.

Isaiah was fourth after professional jury votes were tallied, but lost ground in the televote, winning just two of a possible 2436 votes.

Isaiah might have been a long way from home, but he was not without support.

Cheers of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie" could be heard across the stadium as he ascended the turntable on which his performance was staged.

The result marks the end of a two-month whirlwind for the 17-year-old, who was selected to sing for his country soon after he was crowned winner of The X Factor.

But the European adventure will continue for the recording artist, who now heads on a multi-stop publicity tour to capitalise on the exposure gained in Kyiv.

It is believed 200 million people around the world tuned in to see Portugal take the coveted crystal trophy and the right to host the competition in 2018.

While controversies threatened to mar this year's event, most notably the barring of Russian contestant from performing, Ukraine pulled off a smooth fortnight of rehearsals and televised performances.