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Serbia goes through to the Eurovision Song Contest final

Bojana Stamenov performed Beauty Never Lies for Serbia. Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Serbia has made it through to the final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest with a song penned by the writer of last year's winning entry, Rise Like A Phoenix.

Singer Bojana Stamenov, who performed Beauty Never Lies, was joined by acts from Armenia, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Hungary, Russia, Albania, Romania and Georgia in heading to the ultimate sing off this weekend

Nina Sublatti, representing Georgia, performed the song Warrior. Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Last year's winner, Austrian entry Conchita Wurst, opened the event with the show stopper Rise Like A Phoenix.

Last year's winner, Conchita Wurst, opened the Eurovision semi-final. Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Writer Charlie Mason will be hoping to strike gold again on Saturday with the ballad sung by the powerful Serbian entry.

Punk rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat wowed the crowd. Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The evening at Vienna's Wiener Stadthalle delivered performances from a vast array of entrants including Moldova with its raunchy choice in outfits for the backing dancers, Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat, a punk rock band from Finland whose members all have learning difficulties, and teenage Danish boyband Anti Social Media.

Uzari and Maimuna, representing Belarus, performed the song Time. Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills and Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc hosted the first semi-final for the UK audience, and spoke to Eurovision acts including Australia's first ever contestant Guy Sebastian, due to perform in Saturday's final.

The second live semi-final takes place on Thursday evening on BBC Three again, ahead of the grand final, which will air on BBC1 at 8pm.