Michela Pace said she is "so, so proud to be Maltese" in her first reaction to her dramatic qualification for the Eurovision final.
The Netherlands, Sweden, North Macedonia, Albania, Russia, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Malta were chosen to advance to Saturday's final, joining 10 previous picks and six countries that automatically qualified.
The eight countries eliminated from the competition were Armenia, Ireland, Moldova, Latvia, Romania, Austria, Croatia and Lithuania.
Thursday's selections were made with equal weight given to the points awarded by juries of music experts and voting in the participating countries.
Last year's winners Israel also do not have to qualify via the semi-finals. The country with the most points is declared the victor.
SpaceX postpones launch of its first internet network satellites
While Musk said each satellite costs more to send into orbit than to build, he expects the plan to make money. It may look a little different than other missions because there is no spring-based deployment mechanism.
Sweden's John Lundvik brought a gospel style to the Eurovision with his song Too Late for Love.
Earlier this week, Madonna appeared to respond to those critical of Israel hosting the contest and her participation in it.
However, others have come out in support of Eurovision in Tel Aviv, and of Madonna performing at it.
Some pro-Palestinian activists have called for performers and worldwide broadcasters to boycott the show due to Israel being the host nation.
Fortnite gets a little John Wick action
The first one to fulfill the order wins, but be careful how far ahead you get, as you will become a target for everyone else. There is also an optional John Wick outfit available to purchase in the store, complete with sledgehammer design pickaxe.
The decision to hold Eurovision in Israel is not popular with critics of the country's policies towards Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
The Queen of Pop landed in Israel on Tuesday evening after she confirmed she had rejected calls for her to boycott Eurovision, saying she will "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda".
The exciting news comes just days after speculation the Material Girl hit maker's performance, which is believed to have cost organisers $1 million, was "at risk" after she had not yet signed a contract.
"At a time when fewer and fewer major artists are performing in apartheid Tel Aviv, Eurovision is exactly what Israel's far-right government needs to distract from its crimes".
Walmart CFO: 'Increased tariffs will lead to increased prices for our customers'
That will make more Chinese-made goods, including toys, clothes and sneakers, more expensive for American consumers . Sales at Walmart's US stores open at least a year rose 3.4 percent, excluding fuel, in the quarter ended April 30.