The so-called "Big Five" - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - are traditionally guaranteed a spot in the final, along with the host nation.
"I'm really lucky and I'm really happy for today and for all the support".
In Tuesday's semi-final, Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral drew some of the loudest applause with his song "For The Both Of Us" - a lilting, jazz-style ballad written by his sister. It's none the less safe to say that the majority of the country keenly followed Svala's progress and performance, hoping and believing that she would make it to the finals.
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 after Eurovision she has another big event this year - her wedding to fiancé and fellow X Factor singer Ethan Boroian in August.
"I am infinitely grateful to everybody who is supporting me in this important stage of my life". Do we take it as seriously as other countries?
Jakarta governor to learn fate after blasphemy trial
She said that the outcome "is potentially risky for the development of justice and law in the country". Wayan Sudirta, a lawyer for Ahok, said there was "so much pressure" for Ahok to be imprisoned.
The performances from semi finals can bee seen here.
In one of the breaks in the preliminary round of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place last night, a new commercial from Icelandair was aired.
Without doubt two of the strongest contenders in competition this year are Italy with Occidentali's Karma, performed by Francesco Gabbani, and Sweden, with I Can't Go On, performed by Robin Bengtsson.
The UK Eurovision entry 2017 was confirmed back in January and Lucie will be representing us in Ukraine in May next weekend with song Never Give Up On You.
Sundnes was later removed from his spot on the official Norwegian jury for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The 2017 competition is being held at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine; the three live shows are hosted by local personalities Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko.