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Jedward go through to final of Eurovision Song Contest

Jedward have made it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest after an energetic performance in Azerbaijan's capital Baku.

18 countries are competing in two semi-final. They will be whittled down to ten, who will perform at the Grand Final on Saturday night.

Jedward were representing Ireland in the competition for the second time and are hoping to beat their last performance, which left them in eighth place.

Their rendition of Waterline was the final performance of the evening and featured a real water fountain.

They were delighted to get through the semis:

Jedward's performance last year propelled them to fame across Europe, despite not placing in the top three. Credit: AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev

The most anticipated act of the evening was that of Russia - which has come to be known affectionately as the Russian Grannies.

Buranovskiye Babushki - which translates as 'Buranovo Grannies' - performed 'Party For Everybody' in a mixture of English and their native dialect of Udmurt. Their performance featured a rotating wood-burning over and a tray of baked goods.

The six members of the group have promised to donate any prize money to the building of a church in their home town, and they came a step closer to that goal when they were voted through to the final.

Russia entrant Buranovskiye Babushki perform during rehearsals Credit: AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev

The competition got of to a topical start with Montenegro's Rambo Amadeus rapping a baffling diatribe instructing "eurosceptics" not to be "hermetic" in order to save the "children of evolution". Timely advice indeed.

Despite not making the final list of ten, Montenegro seemed to provoke the most passionate response on Twitter.

The full list of finalists from today's competition is below. The second semi-final will be held tomorrow, before the Grand Final on Saturday.

  • Romania
  • Moldova
  • Iceland
  • Hungary
  • Denmark
  • Albania
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Russia
  • Ireland

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