Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Eurovision favourites Portugal, Armenia sail through first semi-final

Eurovision favourites Portugal, Armenia sail through first semi-final

Kasia Moś performs with the song "Flashlight" during the First Semi-Final of the 62nd annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kiev.

Czech Republic, Latvia, Iceland, Albania, Slovenia and Montenegro also lost out on places in the final, as did Georgia's dramatic act which saw Tamara Gachechiladze burst into flames on stage. It's none the less safe to say that the majority of the country keenly followed Svala's progress and performance, hoping and believing that she would make it to the finals.

In Tuesday's semi-final, Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral drew some of the loudest applause with his song "For The Both Of Us" - a lilting, jazz-style ballad written by his sister. A total of 42 countries take part at Eurovision 2017.

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"The guy with the horse mask is the bad guy".

She said: "My career has taken me through the gay scene and I love all my fans - being in "Rent" ramped up my girlie gang".

The final outcome was decided through a combination of scores received from national expert juries and televoting.

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The UK is considered one of the competition's "big five" so has an automatic pass to Saturday's final, alongside France, Spain, Germany and Italy.

Azerbaijan has been one of the most consistently successful countries in modern Eurovision. "The political vote", Jones went on in her Telegraph interview. What's more, the singer's Victory Day performance in Sevastopol was timed to coincide with the first Eurovision semi-final last night. Since debuting in 2008, Azerbaijan has always qualified for the final, and placed in the top 10 six times, including Ell & Nikki's 2011 win with "Running Scared".

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