Saturday 3 December 2016

Serbia among ten countries through to Eurovision final

Published 19/05/2015 | 23:17

Conchita Wurst performed in tonight's Eurovision semi-final
Conchita Wurst performed in tonight's Eurovision semi-final

Serbia has made it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with a song penned by the same writer as last year's winning Austrian entry, Rise Like A Phoenix.

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Singer Bojana Stamenov, performing Beauty Never Lies, is joined by acts from Armenia, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Hungary, Russia, Albania, Romania and Georgia in heading to the ultimate sing off this weekend after competing at Vienna's Wiener Stadthalle.

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Last year's Austrian winner Conchita Wurst opened the show with Rise Like A Phoenix, written by Charlie Mason who will be hoping to strike gold again on Saturday with the Serbian entry.

The evening also saw performances from entrants including Moldova, whose singer and backing dancers sported skimpy latex police outfits, Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat, a punk rock band from Finland whose members all have learning difficulties, and teenage Danish boyband Anti Social Media.

After performing her ballad with the hopefuls joining her on stage for the final chorus, Conchita made a quick change from a tight-fitting white gown to a navy ensemble and shorter haircut for her presenting duties in the show's green room, where she chatted to acts backstage.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills and Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc hosted the first semi-final for the UK audience, which aired on BBC Three, and spoke to Eurovision acts including Australia's first ever contestant Guy Sebastian, due to perform in Saturday's final.

The second live semi-final takes place on Thursday evening on BBC Three again, ahead of the grand final, which will air on BBC1 at 8pm.

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