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Eurovision: Australia eliminated in first semi-final

Australia was among six nations to be knocked out of Eurovision in the song contest’s first semi-final in Rotterdam on Tuesday.

Ireland, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia were also eliminated.

Australia’s early exit marks the first time the country has failed to make the final since it began competing in 2015.

Iceland’s act has also been forced to withdraw after one of its members tested positive for Covid-19, although its song will remain in the contest.

Organisers announced on Wednesday that Daði og Gagnamagnið had “taken the difficult decision to withdraw from performing… as they only want to perform together as a group”.

A rehearsal performance of their song 10 Years will be screened during Thursday’s semi-final, and again on Saturday should they progress to the final.

Australian singer Montaigne did not travel to the Netherlands to perform on Tuesday, pre-recording her song Technicolour remotely.

Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cyprus, Israel and Lithuania were among the 10 competing nations to be voted through.

Malta, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine will also participate in Saturday’s final.

Who will be competing in Eurovision semi final 2?
Seventeen more acts will be competing in the second Eurovision semifinal.

They will be performing in the order below:

San Marino – Senhit with Adrenalina

Estonia – Uku Suviste with The Lucky One

Czech Republic – Benny Cristo with Omaga

Greece – Stefania with Last Dance

Austria – Vincent Bueno with Amen

Poland – RAFAL with The Ride

Moldova – Natalia Gordienko with SUGAR

Iceland – Daði og Gagnamagnið with 10 Years

Serbia – Hurricane with Loco Loco

Georgia – Tornike Kipiani with You

Albania – Anxhela Peristeri with Karma

Portugal – The Black Mamba with Love Is On My Side

Bulgaria – VICTORIA with Growing Up Is Getting Old

Finland – Blind Channel with Dark Side

Latvia – Samanta Tīna with The Moon Is Rising

Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears with Tout l’Univers

Denmark – Fyr Og Flamme with Øve Os På Hinanden

Source: BBC News