'Terrible': Eurovision historian criticises Jessica Mauboy

"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.

Jessica Mauboy during the Eurovision semi-finals.

"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 I think your welcome has now been rescinded and I don't say that with any glee."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 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."

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.

J.K. Rowling took a liking to some choice words from SBS commentator Joel Creasey. The comedian described the man who interrupted the UK's grand 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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