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

Yass Queen. Actually it's a No for Montenegro

Unfortunately, after artists from 18 different countries performed on the night, Brendan failed to make it into the final 10 - and has therefore not qualified for the final on Saturday night. "Nobody here at the arena, the other entries, the delegation... it's not something we're talking about". "I'm going there to do well but I'm prepared for anything".

But there were a couple of glitches in Firebrace's televised performance, notably a high note which he reached for but missed while performing his song, Don't Come Easy.

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

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

Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, told the assembled press that the team were satisfied with the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

That's because Francesco Gabbani, competing for Italy, is the bookies' favourite to win Eurovision 2017 thanks to his - rather catchy - track Occidental Karma. You can't get more political than that, right?But surely Eurovision must be more than just politics - it is a singing competition, after all.

Last year's stream was watched by almost two million people, according to Eurovision, making it the third largest music live stream in YouTube's history. "If it was my song then I would definitely, yeah". Jon Ola Sand confirmed that the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, would meet in June to discuss dates for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

The spectacular show was broadcast live from the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv.

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