The first Eurovision 2017 semi-final was broadcast live from Kiev on BBC Four from 8pm until 10pm
18 countries – Portugal, Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Armenia, Slovenia and Latvia – competed for 10 places in Saturday’s grand final
The UK’s entry, Lucie Jones, is automatically through to the final
The second semi-final takes place on Thursday May 11, at 8pm
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Tonight was the official start of Eurovision 2017, with the first semi-final deciding 10 of the countries that will be competing at the grand final on Saturday. And as a taste of this year’s Eurovision offerings, it didn’t disappoint: there was a fake wedding disco complete with bridal bouquets and a dancing saxophonist, there was an eccentric Montenegro act with a metre-long spinning plait in his hair, and there half-naked men splashing around in puddles. Here’s what we learned.