Eurovision 2018: Second semi-final sees Norway’s Rybak through

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Australia, Denmark and Hungary are among the countries to have qualified in the second Eurovision semi-final.

The event was held in Lisbon and also saw Norway’s Alexander Rybak – who won the competition in 2009 – go through.

Russia, however, did not qualify – which came as something of a shock – since the country has made it through to every final since 1998 (although they did not participate last year).

Poland was also eliminated – although their song Light Me Up was well-liked.

The UK automatically qualifies for Saturday’s grand final.

Underdogs Slovenia were also among those selected to compete in the final, where singer Lea Sirk will be hoping to better her country’s 2001 placing of seventh.

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Rybak opened the proceedings to raptures from the stadium – clearly still enjoying a large fan base following his Fairytale win nine years ago.

Another favourite of the night, Rasmussen came not long after with their rousing Viking anthem, which saw the crowd singing along followed by a huge send off at the end.

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Australia’s Jess Mauboy made it through to the final

But the best reception of the night went to Australia’s Jessica Mauboy, who gave an impassioned performance of her song We Got Love. The audience almost took the roof off for the Darwin singer, who looked truly overwhelmed by the response, after she finished.

It seems that the performance carried over to the audience at home as well, with Twitter users commenting on Jessica’s energy and “presence”.

Other notable acts to go through from the second semi-final include metal act AWS from Hungary and Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso – cousin of Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso.

There were 18 countries taking part in the second semi-final, with eight being eliminated. The ten that qualified will join the first ten countries put through from Tuesday’s first leg.

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Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso will take part in the final

The second semi-final saw the following countries selected through a combination of jury and public vote: Norway, Serbia, Denmark, Moldova, The Netherlands, Australia, Hungary, Sweden, Slovenia and Ukraine

In addition, the Big Five – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, plus host country Portugal – get put through automatically. This is on account of these countries contributing the most, financially.

Those who did not go through are Romania, San Marino, Russia, Georgia, Poland, Malta, Latvia and Montenegro.

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The successful countries join the likes of bookies’ favourite Cyprus – represented by pop star Eleni Foureira – and Israel’s Netta in the final.

Israel and Norway are now neck and neck as the second favourites to win the competition.

The UK’s entrant, SuRie, has the weight of British hopes resting on her shoulders. The 29-year-old will perform her anthemic track, Storm, which she says is intended to inspire hope.

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Will SuRie weather the Storm in Saturday’s final?

The 26 countries to make it through to Saturday’s final are:

Albania France Norway
Austria Germany Portugal
Australia Hungary Slovenia
Bulgaria Ireland Spain
Cyprus Israel Sweden
Czech Republic Italy Ukraine
Denmark Lithuania United Kingdom
Estonia Moldova
Finland The Netherlands

You can watch the Eurovision Song Contest grand final on Saturday 12 May on BBC One from 20:00 (BST).

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