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The countdown to the final of a musical extravaganza has begun with Tuesday night seeing the first of two semi-finals to decide who will ultimately compete in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Kicking off the first round where fifteen are narrowed down to ten,
After the opening ceremony, last year’s winner Loreen performed the tune that brought her success in the Azeri capital Baku.
Loreen’s victory guarantees host country Sweden a place in the finals – along with major- contributors France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK.
Also through to the final is Belarus entry Solayoh – with singer Alyona Lanskaya finally getting the chance to represent her country after failing to be picked on two previous occasions.
Moldova’s Aliona Moon took part last year, but as a backing singer for Pasha Parfeny who came eleventh. In Saturday’s final, she will take centre-stage.
The favourite is Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest who could make it a third Danish victory with her song Only Teardrops.
With lyrics about peace, togetherness and hope, Dina Garipova is aiming to take the title back to Moscow.
Following Tuesday night’s semi-finals, here is the full list of 10 acts that made it through to the final:
Estonia: Birgit – Et Uus Saaks Alguse
Denmark: Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops
Russia: Dina Garipova – What If
Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich – Gravity
The Netherlands: Anouk – Birds
Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis – Something
Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh
Moldova: Aliona Moon – O Mie
Ireland: Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives
Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills
Acts representing Austria, Montenegro, Croatia, Cyprus, Serbia and Slovenia were knocked out of the competition.
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