Eurovision 2017: Armenia's Artsvik makes it through to final

Violet Tucker
May 12, 2017

The UK is considered one of the competition's "big five" so has an automatic pass to Saturday's final, alongside France, Spain, Germany and Italy.

Israel's last two contestants both made the finals. One that may come into stronger play than ever this year as the rest of Europe sticks the boot in over Brexit.

Ukraine banned Russia's entrant, Yulia Samoylova, and when a diplomatic solution could not be found by the organising body, the European Broadcsting Union (EBU), Russia withdrew.

Another 10 countries will be selected in the second semi-final tomorrow.

She said it was an wonderful experience to perform for millions of people and she has no regrets and leaves the contest with a thankful heart.

But while Lucie is remaining confident that this could be the year of Eurovision glory for the UK, Britain's commentator Graham Norton previously admitted he didn't exactly fancy our chances.

"Now I fully understand the honor and responsibility of representing an entire Fatherland, and most importantly, today I know that one doesn't need wings for a real flight", Artsvik said.

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The tune, "I Feel Alive", is sung entirely in English and features a Mediterranean pop beat reminiscent of esteemed hits such as Eden Ben Zaken's "Malkat Hashoshanim" ("Queen of Roses"), Sarit Hadad's "Lama Li" ("Why Me") and "Yesh Li Ahava" ("I Have Love in Me") by Noa Kirel.

And although she still faces quite the battle for victory - the United Kingdom last won 20 years ago now - Lucie is confident it's possible.

She said: "I had to give up as it took up too much time but I may go back to it".

"Even though I have gone all the way to Denmark and they have stayed in Australia they have supported me through thick and thin". Compared to decades gone past, it seems as if the BBC has no idea what they're doing, as the acts we won with pre-1997 included Katrina & the Waves and Lulu, who already had careers before Eurovision and who were still fairly close to the spotlight when they competed for the UK.

"I am infinitely grateful to everybody who is supporting me in this important stage of my life".

Both of the Australians competing this year used television talent programs to launch their careers: Firebrace was the victor of the eighth season of The X Factor Australia in 2016 while Nissen won the third series of Nine's The Voice in 2014. No amount of political pandering could have won Eurovision for us that year.

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