In the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest, Ukraine made it through to the final on Saturday. The band Kalush Orchestra advanced late Tuesday night with their song “Stefania” along with nine other countries.

The musicians from western Ukraine are the favorites for overall victory at this year’s Grand Prix in the northern Italian city of Turin. In the first semi-final artists from 17 countries fought for the finals.

However, which country received how many points was not revealed in order not to influence the vote on Saturday in advance. Whoever won the two semi-finals will only be published after the final. Also Austria with LUM!X feat. Pia Maria (“Halo”) and Switzerland with Marius Bear (“Boys Do Cry”) sang along in this semi-final. Only Switzerland made it into the finals.


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