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

Most of the favourites made it through from Tuesday's semi-final but there were some shocks

Most of the favourites made it through from Tuesday's semi-final but there were some shocks

The first and second semi-final heats of the 62nd annual Eurovision Song Contest will be screened on SBS One tonight and tomorrow night; the grand final will be aired live on Sunday morning from 5am and replayed on Sunday night.

The combination of the public vote and the previous jury vote also saw Sweden, Moldova, Greece, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Belgium and Armenia sail through.

"I really, really hope so", Nissen said.

This is the third year in a row that Iceland doesn't make it to the final in the Eurovision Song Contest, which is much loved among Icelanders. The votes of national juries and viewers decided which ten countries would progress to the final and which eight would be sent packing. I'll hopefully sing Never Give Up On You as well as I can.

"People have their ideas about things, but it's Eurovision", she added.

The performances from semi finals can bee seen here. In fact, the odds of 4/11 are being taken for Ireland to miss out on a place in the final.

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That's because Francesco Gabbani, competing for Italy, is the bookies' favourite to win Eurovision 2017 thanks to his - rather catchy - track Occidental Karma.

Even getting one point in this year's Eurovision Song Contest would be a victory for the United Kingdom, says our entry's singer Lucie Jones.

"It's only fair that each song in the Eurovision Song Contest is judged on its individual merits on the night".

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

Ukraine won the right to host the contest after its 2016 entry came first with a song about Stalin's mass deportation of ethnic Tatars from Crimea during World War Two.

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