Eurovision 2019: Australia Among First Finalists
15 May 2019 Entertainment
Australia will take part in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the fifth year running after making it through this year’s first semi-final.
Singer Kate Miller-Heidke qualified with Zero Gravity, a pop-opera combo she performed in Tel Aviv while suspended in mid-air on a bendy pole.
Leather-clad punk band Hatari also went through for Iceland with their dark techno track Hate Will Prevail.
But there was no happy ending for the Finnish representative, DJ Darude.
The Sandstorm hit-maker was sent packing along with fellow countryman Sebastian Rejman and entrants from six other nations.
A further 18 countries will take part in the second semi-final on Thursday.
Other countries to be eliminated on Tuesday included Hungary, who failed to qualify for the first time this decade.
Singer/rapper Joci Papai finished eighth when he represented his nation in 2017, but his heartfelt ballad My Father failed to find favour this time around.
Belgium and Poland did not advance for the second year running, while there was disappointment again for habitual underachievers Montenegro.