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Watch: The six top acts you have to see at Eurovision Semi Final 1

Watch: The six top acts you have to see at Eurovision Semi Final 1

It’s the start of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 16 countries take to the stage in the first semi final to try to win a place in Saturday’s grand final.

Here our top six to watch.

1 MOLDOVA

Eduard Romanyuta is Ukrainian but because of the current situation, his home country was unable to participate this year so he went to neighboring Moldova and won their ticket to Eurovision with I Want Your Love.

It’s the first song and also the most eye-popping and outrageous performance of the night as Eduard surrounds himself with scantily clad policewomen and male cops who would look at home in the Village People!

2 BELGIUM

Loic Nottet wasn’t born when Belgium last won the competition back in 1986. He has just turned 18 years old.

He is one of the sexiest young guys at this year’s contest and his homoerotic video is one of this year’s hottest talking points. His modern song Rhythm Inside should propel Belgium to their best result since 2010.

The songwriter, Beverly Jo Scott, talked to GSN at the opening ceremony and explained the song: ‘The message of the song is that it is fine to push forward with being an individual, to listen to your own heart, follow your own steps and the more you do that, the more you won’t be alone.

‘That’s probably the strongest gift we can give to our gay family.’

3 ARMENIA

No political references are allowed at Eurovision so, when Armenia’s representatives, Genealogy submitted their song Don’t Deny (a reference to the Armenia Genocide of 1915 and Turkish denial of the atrocity) they ended up having to change the title to Face the Shadow.

The singers are all of Armenian descent and all come from different countries including Ethiopia, USA, Australia and Japan.

4 FINLAND

The Finnish entry is notable for two reasons:

a) The four piece punk band called PKN members all have Down’s Syndrome and met at a workshop for people with developmental disabilities.

b) Their song is one of the shortest in Eurovision history, lasting just over 90 seconds.

The Eurovision Song Contest has a history of leading the way in diversity in entertainment, and this year is no exception.

5 SERBIA

Bojana is going to be one the larger than life characters at Eurovision 2015 with disco stomper Beauty Never Lies and is already a big gay favorite.

The lyrics are something that should resonate with everyone

‘Beauty never lies, never hides, never will. Beauty never lies, no, it cries, "Here I am". Finally I can say, yes, I’m different, and it’s okay, Here I am!’

We asked Bojana about her song and how it relates to LGBTI people who don’t feel comfortable because of what society tells them.

‘Feel the soul. I was always different from others because I was loud, chubby and bigger! The song Beauty Never Lies is a very personal song for me. I have advice for anybody who is bullied for being different: Carry a mirror with you and show your bully the mirror. Tell them to look at themselves first and then judge.’

6 DENMARK

The quartet of young guys that are Anti-Social Media are bringing a 60s vibe to Eurovision with The Way You Are and rock the arena when they perform.

Denmark have an exceptionally good record in qualifying for the final (winning Eurovision 2013) and, as hosts of the 2014 competition in Copenhagen, held one of the most LGBTI-friendly Eurovision Song Contests in history.

The first Eurovision semi-final will be broadcast live on 19 May. Our vote is going to Serbia, who will you vote for?