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Proposal takes centre stage at Eurovision

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Jana Burceska (R) from Macedonia shows off her ring after her boyfriend (C) proposed during the Second Semi-Final of the 62nd annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, 11 May 2017. The ESC 2017 Grand Final is held on 13 May. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

A marriage proposal and a yodelling Romanian duet were among the highlights of the second Eurovision semi-final in Kiev, as 10 countries qualified for the final.

Macedonian singer Jana Burceska was proposed to by her boyfriend, who went down on one knee as she awaited her fate in the International Exhibition Centre in Ukraine's capital on Thursday.

 

But a spot in the final wasn't to be, with Macedonia one of eight countries to miss out on a spot in Saturday's final which is expected to attract a TV audience of tens of millions.

Romania's entry, a unique mixture of singing and yodelling, did make it through to the final, as did Austria's Nathan Trent with his song Running On Air.

Bulgaria's Kristian Kostov, one of the favourites with the bookmakers, also progressed.

Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Norway and the Netherlands were the other countries to qualify.

Australia has two performers in the final after Anja Nissen, representing Denmark, delivered a powerful performance of Where I Am in the second semi-final.

The 21-year-old from NSW's Blue Mountains is representing her parents' birth country and joins Australia's entrant, 17-year-old Isaiah Firebrace, who qualified after the first semi-final.

The result was determined through a combination of scores received from national expert juries and tele-voting.

The big five, France, Germany, Spain, Britain and Italy, plus hosts Ukraine qualified from Wednesday's first semi-final.

© DPA 2017

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