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Eurovision 2019: Australia among first finalists

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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, Euronews reports.

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.

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