Sunday 26 May 2019

Serbia make it through to Eurovision final with song penned by writer of Conchita's 'Rise Like A Phoenix'

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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.

Diva 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.

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.

The second live semi-final takes place on Thursday evening on RTE Two and Ireland will perform second on the night, ahead of the grand final, which will air on RTE Two on Saturday at 8pm.

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