Eurovision: Pop, politics and a dancing ape - but no Russia

Randall Padilla
May 12, 2017

The seven other acts that qualified for the May 13 final were from Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Poland, Portugal, and Sweden.

The so-called "Big Five" - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - are traditionally guaranteed a spot in the final, along with the host nation.

"Now I fully understand the honor and responsibility of representing an entire Fatherland, and most importantly, today I know that one doesn't need wings for a real flight", Artsvik said.

Viewers from the 18 countries participating in the first Semi-Final, as well as from Italy, United Kingdom and Spain cast their votes.

"I feel so lucky to be here and this whole opportunity has been incredible", the 21-year-old Blue Mountains-born singer added.

She will join the touring show for six weeks when it arrives in Aberdeen next month, giving her only a short break after returning from this weekend's big Eurovision finale in Kiev. "Nobody here at the arena, the other entries, the delegation... it's not something we're talking about".

The scoring system used in the Eurovision semi-final heats aggregates a score from the professional juries of competing countries with audience voting.

Thus, according to the results of the two semi-finals, all the participants in the final stage of the song contest were determined.

He said in March: "I'm just not sure it will happen for us this year".

Even getting one point in this year's Eurovision Song Contest would be a victory for the United Kingdom, says our entry's singer Lucie Jones. He's been the country's commentator for the Song Contest, hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest twice, and also hosted the country's national selection.

The spectacular show was broadcast live from the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv. Two Australians through to Eurovision grand final first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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