Greece's Demy into Eurovision final for 2017

Greece’s Demy into Eurovision final for 2017

A second semi-final will be held on Thursday

Eight countries missed out on a final place.

The second Eurovision semi-final takes place tonight, which will decide if the final on Saturday features yodelling or not.

Which country has won most often? "Nobody here at the arena, the other entries, the delegation... it's not something we're talking about".

This is the third year in a row that Israel has qualified for the Eurovision final and the seventh time overall since the semi-finals system was introduced.

Bulgaria were announced as the first country to go through, just hurs after they were cleared to compete earlier following media media reports that Kristian Kostov, who performed Beautiful Mess for the country, had performed in Crimea after Russian Federation annexed the territory from Ukraine.

"People have their ideas about things, but it's Eurovision", she added.

In the diplomatic row between Ukraine and Russia that has threatened to overshadow this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Russia has raised the game with a not-so-subtle snub: getting its banned entrant, Yulia Samoylova, to perform on Victory Day in Crimea.

Ahead of thiss Saturday's contest, Lucie's first performance of the song has been revealed.

Imri Ziv, 25, won the right to represent Israel in the annual competition after winning this years "Rising Star" singing competition TV show.

"It's only fair that each song in the Eurovision Song Contest is judged on its individual merits on the night".

Sundnes was later removed from his spot on the official Norwegian jury for the Eurovision Song Contest. "At the minute we are focussing on producing three spectacular live shows with all 42 participating countries", he said. The first ten finalists will join the so-called Big Five and hosts Ukraine in the Grand Final.

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