Nissen joins Firebrace in Eurovision final
Anja Nissen has become the second Australian through to the 2017 Eurovision grand final in Kiev, joining Isaiah Firebrace in the climax of the annual song contest.
Representing Denmark, she delivered a powerful performance of her song Where I Am in the second semi-final on Thursday night to become one of 10 performers to go through to the final on Saturday night.
The 21-year-old, from the Blue Mountains in NSW, is representing her parents' birth country in the song contest in the Ukrainian capital.
Australia's entrant, 17-year-old Firebrace, qualified after the first semi-final despite missing a high note in his performance.
Wearing a long and flowing red dress on Thursday night, Nissen gave a confident performance with no apparent glitches.
She was backed up with the longest fireworks display of any Eurovision act, a 50-second waterfall, and received a big roar from the crowd at the end of her song.
Countries could not vote for their own entrant but Australia could cast a vote for Nissen as she represents Denmark.
"It shows that the public are supporting him and I think as an Australian you stick out. Australia stands out at Eurovision so a lot of people pay attention to the Australian entrant, I've noticed," Nissen told AAP from Kiev before her performance.
* SBS will broadcast the grand final live on Sunday at 5am (AEST).
© AAP 2017 Photo credit: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky