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Ireland has triumphed seven times, while Sweden is a close second with six wins.

"I'm really lucky and I'm really happy for today and for all the support".

Unfortunately, after artists from 18 different countries performed on the night, Brendan failed to make it into the final 10 - and has therefore not qualified for the final on Saturday night.

"This is love", Demy told a press conference after the semi-final.

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She laughed: "It's a very busy year for me".

Her win in the semi-final secures Denmark's position in the final; a year ago the country did not make it that far. "I'm going there to do well but I'm prepared for anything". No amount of political pandering could have won Eurovision for us that year. Then it's time for the Grand Final, on Saturday, where the victor of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be revealed. Asked what advice she had for upcoming artists she replied: "Be yourself, be honest, surround yourself with awesome people and positive energy". "Nobody here at the arena, the other entries, the delegation... it's not something we're talking about".

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

Kasia Moś performs with the song "Flashlight" during the First Semi-Final of the 62nd annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kiev. He's been the country's commentator for the Song Contest, hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest twice, and also hosted the country's national selection. "At the minute we are focussing on producing three spectacular live shows with all 42 participating countries", he said. Two Australians through to Eurovision grand final first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.


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