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LIVE FROM KYIV: EUROVISION 2017 SECOND SEMI FINAL QUALIFIERS’ PRESS CONFERENCE

ON THE SPOT: LIVE FROM KYIV

QUALIFIERS’ ALLOCATION DRAW

Bulgaria is drawn in the second half of the grand final
Belarus is drawn in the first half of the grand final
Croatia is drawn in the first half of the grand final
Hungary is drawn in the first half of the grand final
Denmark is drawn in the first half of the grand final
Israel is drawn in the first half of the grand final
Romania is drawn in the second half of the grand final
Norway is drawn in the second half of the grand final
The Netherlands are drawn in the first half of the grand final
Austria is drawn in the firs half of the grand final

IN SHORT

A further 10 acts have confirmed their place in the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final line-up this evening by qualifying from the second Semi-Final.

After the crowd in Kyiv were treated to 18 more exhilarating performances, and even a marriage proposal, it was announced that the following countries will join the Big Five, Ukraine, and the first Semi-Final’s successfully qualified countries (listed in alphabetical order):  

Austria: Nathan Trent – Running On Air
Belarus: Naviband – Story of My Life
Bulgaria: Kristian Kostov – Beautiful Mess
Croatia: Jacques Houdek – My Friend
Denmark: Anja – Where I Am
Hungary: Joci Pápai – Origo
Israel: IMRI – I Feel Alive 
The Netherlands: OG3NE – Lights and Shadows
Norway: JOWST – Grab The Moment
Romania: Ilinca ft. Alex Florea – Yodel It!

Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov is this year’s youngest competitor and the first ever to have been born in the 21st Century. OG3NE, representing The Netherlands, are sisters and their song was written by their father.

These 10 finalists will take part in a press conference later this evening, where it will be revealed whether they perform in the first or the second half of the Grand Final through a draw. 

Sadly, the Eurovision journey ends for eight countries as they did not qualify for the Final. In alphabetical order, the acts who did not make it through were:
Estonia: Koit Toome & Laura – Verona
F. Y. R. Macedonia: Jana Burčeska – Dance Alone
Ireland: Brendan Murray – Dying to Try 
Lithuania: Fusedmarc – Rain of Revolution
Malta: Claudia Faniello – Breathlessly
San Marino: Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson – Spirit of the Night
Serbia: Tijana Bogićević – In Too Deep
Switzerland: Timebelle – Apollo
F.Y.R. Macedonia’s singer Jana was proposed to live in the green room by her fiancé as the votes were being counted, and she said yes. She had earlier in the show revealed that she is pregnant. 

Countries were awarded scores based on points awarded by national Expert Juries and televoting. These points were then combined to reveal an overall score for each act that determined the final outcome.

The Expert Juries voted last night on yesterday’s Semi-Final 2 Jury Show; a non-broadcast, live feed of the performances in a dry-run. Televoting took place tonight during the transmission of the live show.

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