Eurovision semis narrow the finalists to 26

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Eurovision semis narrow the finalists to 26

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Ten more countries were picked for Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest during the second semi-final in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Thursday evening.

They’ll join another ten performers picked earlier in the week and acts from six nations that were pre-qualified including the UK, France, Germany and host nation Azerbaijan.

Among Thursday’s finalists were strong favourites Sweden, Turkey, Serbia and Norway. But the Netherlands, Croatia and Slovenia failed to make it through.

After winning the 2011 contest, Azerbaijan has spent 45 million euros to give its capital city a facelift as it welcomes Eurovision fans from all over the continent to host this year’s event.

More than 125 million people are expected to watch the contest, which is now in its 57th year.

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