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Isaiah Firebrace will perform in the Eurovision grand final this morning.
Isaiah Firebrace will perform in the Eurovision grand final this morning. AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

EUROVISION fans are up early this morning to see how Isaiah Firebrace fares in the grand final.

He's not the only Aussie competing, with The Voice winner Anja Nissen representing Denmark.

On the singing theme, The Voice's blind auditions wrap up this week as the four coaches fill the final few spots on their teams.

Also, a fascinating new true crime series debuts on Netflix on Friday and the acclaimed new comedy Search Party premieres on SBS's Viceland channel.

Here are this week's highlights of the small screen and why you should tune in:

 

Sunday May 14: Eurovision, SBS, 5am and 7.30pm

Isaiah Firebrace at his first Eurovision rehearsal.
Isaiah Firebrace at his first Eurovision rehearsal. SBS

AUSTRALIANS Isaiah Firebrace and Anja Nissen (representing Denmark) have both made it to the grand final. While Isaiah is an outside chance to take out the title, he does have the opportunity to redeem his hiccup from his semi-final performance.

Why you should watch: If you missed the semi-finals, then this is your chance to catch up on all the weird and wonderful performances and throw your support behind our representative.

 

Monday May 15: The Voice, Nine, 7.30pm

The Voice coaches, from left, Seal, Kelly Rowland, Delta Goodrem and Boy George.
The Voice coaches, from left, Seal, Kelly Rowland, Delta Goodrem and Boy George. Channel 9

Seal, Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland and Boy George on their quest to unearth Australia's next music star. It's the final night of blind auditions, which means it's the last chance for the coaches to fill their teams.

Why you should watch: It will be elation for some, and heartbreak for others as the final few coveted spots are filled. Have producers saved the best for last?

 

Tuesday May 16: Search Party, SBS Viceland, 8.30pm

Alia Shawkat, John Early and Meredith Hagner in a scene from Search Party.
Alia Shawkat, John Early and Meredith Hagner in a scene from Search Party. Macall Polay

Search Party is a dark comedy about a group of four self-absorbed 20-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance Chantal mysteriously disappears. Dory, Drew, Elliot, and Portia are by no means crime solvers. In fact, their idea of a good time consists of brunch, parties, and their own loud opinions.

Why you should watch: Led by Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), the cast features an ensemble of young comic actors including John Reynolds (Stranger Things), John Early (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) and Meredith Hagner (Royal Pains). The series has received rave reviews, with a 100% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

Wednesday May 17: Aussie Property Flippers, Seven, 8.40pm

Azza and Emily star in the TV series Aussie Property Flippers.
Azza and Emily star in the TV series Aussie Property Flippers. Channel 7

Cameras follow amateur and professional flippers addicted to the thrill of real estate. These flippers look to buy cheap, renovate and then turn around for a quick sale and a good profit.  But it's a risky business. Any tiny miscalculation on trades, materials or labour can blow out the reno budget, eating into the all-important final profit.

Why you should watch: If you're obsessed with real estate and renovation, then this is the show for you. By watching these flippers closely, you'll learn what to do and, more importantly, what not to do. Will their projects be successful flips or a disastrous flops?

 

Thursday May 18: MasterChef, Ten, 7.30pm

Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan in a scene from MasterChef.
Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan in a scene from MasterChef. Ben Cronje

The losing team from yesterday's relay challenge faces elimination. The five contestants are given 90 minutes which they can use to buy ingredients, not with money but with time. Whatever time they have left after they have purchased their ingredients will be the time they have to cook a delicious dish.

Why you should watch: Elimination cook-offs always provide plenty of juicy drama in the kitchen as the home cooks do their best to perform under the pressure. Who will get eliminated this week?

 

Friday May 19: The Keepers, Netflix

A scene from the Netflix documentary series The Keepers.
A scene from the Netflix documentary series The Keepers. Netflix

From director Ryan White (The Case Against 8, Good Ol' Freda) comes The Keepers, a riveting seven-part documentary series about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

Why you should watch: This is the latest in a series of fascinating true crime documentaries commissioned by Netflix. White pieces together a story that goes beyond the death of a beloved Catholic schoolteacher to encompass clergy abuse, repressed memories and government and religious institutions that he says "at best, dropped the ball over the last 45 years - and, at worst, covered it up".

 

Saturday May 20: The Halcyon, ABC, 8.15pm

A scene from the season final of the TV series The Halcyon.
A scene from the season final of the TV series The Halcyon. Contributed

In the season final, The Halcyon celebrates its 50-year anniversary. Lucian is under pressure which gives Garland and Lady Hamilton a cause to unite over, and Emma must finally make a choice.

Why you should watch: Dubbed the new Downton Abbey, this lavish period drama comes to its dramatic conclusion. If you've been watching this season then you can't miss the finale.

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