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'Terrible', 'dreadful' and nothing remotely like an Australian version of Beyonce.

These are just some of the harsh words a British historian has used to describe Jessica Mauboy's Eurovision performance over the weekend.

The former Australian Idol star finished the night in twentieth place despite expectations she would make it into the top 10. The 2018 title was ultimately snapped up by Israeli singer Netta thanks to her #MeToo-inspired, electronic dance song Toy.

On Monday morning, Eurovision historian John Kennedy O'Connor poured salt over Australia's wounds. He told Radio National listeners Mauboy would have come in twenty-fifth place if it weren't for the contest's panel of professional jurors.

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The author of The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History also suggested Australia has overstayed its welcome.

"I think the joke about Australia being in Eurovision is now over," he said. "There was enormous delight and welcoming when you came in as this once-off special guest. I think your welcome has now been rescinded and I don't say that with any glee."

As for the former Mauboy's performance, O'Connor didn't hold back.

"She was terrible," he told RN Breakfast's Hamish Macdonald. "I'm sorry. I thought, actually, she'd escaped from Wentworth and been let on stage. It was dreadful. She was describing herself in the media as Australia's Beyonce. Clearly she's never seen Beyonce."

Jessica Mauboy during the Eurovision semi-finals.

Photo: Andres Putting

O'Connor hasn't been the only person to criticise Mauboy, with German newspaper Der Spiegel suggesting last week that her dress made her look like a dumpling.

While Mauboy may not have won over Europe, our commentary team can count at least one powerful fan.

JK Rowling took a liking to some choice words from SBS commentator Joel Creasey. The comedian described the man who interrupted the UK's gran final performance as a "cockhead".

"I don't want to hear another word about Australia being in Eurovision ever again," Rowling later tweeted. "Order of Merlin, first class."

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Broede Carmody

Broede Carmody is an entertainment reporter at Fairfax Media.

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