How to watch the Rose of Tralee final live if you're living in Britain
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How to watch the Rose of Tralee final live if you're living in Britain

THREE of Britain's five Roses have made it to the televised finals of this year's Rose of Tralee.

While 65 young women are taking part in the international festival this week, just 32 are taking to the stage to meet host Dáithí Ó Sé live on RTÉ.

Among them are British Roses from Scotland, Newcastle/Gateshead and London.

Last night Scotland Rose Blathnaid Loughran joined Newcastle-Gatehead Rose Aisling Murray on stage in the Festival Dome.

The night itself was not without incident when a protestor stormed the stage as the Cavan Rose was being interview.

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Tonight it's the turn of London Rose Emma Murphy-O'Connor. One of the bookies favourites, she will be the third last Rose of the evening on stage.

Derby Rose Kara Foley and Yorkshire Rose Anne-Marie O'Donnell are also representing Britain in Kerry this week.

You can read more about all the British Roses here.

Tonight's Rose line up:

Tuesday, August 23 – Melbourne, Kerry, Texas, Offaly, Philadelphia, Galway, Chicago, Wicklow, Ohio, Longford, North Carolina, London, New Zealand and South Australia

The 2016 Rose of Tralee will be crowned live on RTÉ One at around 11pm tonight. The show starts at 8pm.

Fans abroad can watch tonight and last night's shows online on rte.ie (click here) or through the RTÉ Player iOS and Android apps live and on-demand. 

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Last night's Rose line up:

Monday, August 22 – Kilkenny, New Orleans, Cavan, Kentucky, Monaghan, South Carolina, Ottawa, Germany, Cork, Abu Dhabi, Kildare, Queensland, Louth, Sydney, Scotland, Newcastle/Gateshead, Newfoundland & Labrador and Roscommon

A new judging panel of six people, chaired by RTÉ Presenter Mary Kennedy, will decide tonight's winning rose.

British centres have form in taking the crown in Kerry, featuring among the most successful Rose centres in the festival’s 57-year history.

London has won on three occasions (1975, 2009, 2010), while Birmingham came top twice, in 1967 and 1981.

The centre with the record number of successes however is Dublin, which won in 1959, 1962, 1969, 1989 and 2003.

In a change to the festival format, this year all 65 Irish and international Roses have been taking part in the pre-festival tour of Ireland, as well as the various parades and functions.

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According to bookmakers Paddy Power Kilkenny Rose Sarah Kearns is currently the favourite, at 6/4, to take the crown, followed by Chicago Rose Maggie Rose McEldowney at 4/1 and London Rose Emma Murphy-O'Connor at 9/2.