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Eurovision: "Here for You" Goes Through to Final

Vienna, 21 May - Husband-and-wife music duo Maraaya booked Slovenia a place in Saturday's Eurovision final with Here for You as ten countries emerged from the second semi-final of the song contest in Vienna on Thursday.

Marjetka and Raay, alias Maraaya, hold a press conference prior to departing for Vienna.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Taking their catchy electro-pop tune to stage second-to-last out of 17 entries, the headphone-wearing duo secured Slovenia's fourth finals appearance since the two-phase format was adopted in 2004.

On stage Marjetka and Raay stuck to the formula that got them to annual European fest of pop and glitz via the Slovenian qualification contest EMA with a minimalist setup featuring few high-tech props.

An air violinist and Marjetka's prominent headphones - as well as her voice, which The Guardian has described as "a Duffy and German winner Lena lovechild" - were at centre stage instead.

The headphones have become a signature look for the duo and a source of constant fascination among the Eurosong throng.

While the fashionistas may not be completely bowled over, the "why the headphones?" question appears at quick glance to be running a close second to "Australia at Eurovision?" on social networks in connection to the song contest.

It is unknown how the ten countries voted through were ranked today, but Maraaya have been listed firmly among the top half of acts in the contest on betting sites.

The other acts to emerge from today's semi-final were Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Montenegro, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Latvia and Israel.

The ten complete a 27-country field which includes winners of the first semi-final Albania, Armenia, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Estonia, Georgia, Serbia and Belgium.

Also appearing on Saturday will be members of the "big five" of financiers of the song contest - Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Germany - defending champion Austria and debutante Australia.

© STA, 2015