First Ten Through in First Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final

The Czech Republic, Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Australia, Iceland, San Marino and Slovenia made it into the final

Assi Azar, Lucy Ayoub, Bar Refaeli and Erez Tal prepare to present the first semi-final of the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 at Expo Tel Aviv, May 14, 2019.
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The first acts qualified for Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest final on Tuesday evening after the first semi-final in Tel Aviv featuring contestants from 17 countries vying for 10 spots.

The Czech Republic, Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Australia, Iceland, San Marino and Slovenia made it into the final.

Poland, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Hungary, Georgia and Portugal were eliminated in Tuesday's first semi-final.

Eurovision fans at home were allowed to vote if they are from one of the 17 countries participating in the semi-final. 

Kate Miller-Heidke of Australia performs during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest semi-final in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
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Viewers from Israel, France and Spain are eligible to vote in the first semi-final while people from Britain, Germany and Italy may vote in the second one. 

A jury of music professionals also cast their votes, constituting the other 50 per cent of the vote.

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The so-called "Big Five" - Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain - automatically get into the Grand Final as they make the biggest financial contributions to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces the competition. In addition Israel, as the host country, pre-qualifies.

There are two semi-finals due to the large number of competitors, the second taking place on Thursday night. Ten acts from the 18 that compete in that that round will qualify for the Grand Final, bringing the total number of finalists to 26.

Last year's winner, Israel's Netta Barzilai, opened the show on Tuesday night with a special version of her song "Toy" which catapulted her to fame this time last year in Lisbon.

Dana International who won for Israel in 1998 sang at the end of Tuesday's show, which was hosted by supermodel Bar Refaeli, broadcaster Erez Tal and television host Assi Azar.