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Joan Franka speaks out about technical problems during semi-final performance

Joan Franka ©  Thomas Hanses / EBU

When Dutch singer Joan Franka performed in the second semi-final of the recently held Eurovision Song Contest in Baku she was affected by technical problems as she was unable to hear the best sound. The German crew behind it confirms the problem.

Spend your holiday with A Friend In London - in Italy and the Netherlands

A Friend In London in their tour bus ©  A Friend In London

Do you fancy an active holiday competing against the guys from A Friend In London in sports disciplines like table tennis, miniature golf, volleyball etc then now is your chance. It takes place at some big holiday resort in Italy and the Netherlands in July. 

Toys take the stage at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Junior Eurovision with toys © Alexandro Kröger Degerfeldt

Alexandro is a 19-year old student from Sweden and the producer of this project. The idea came up when he watched the contest in 2004 and then he started building small stages for his toy figures. One day, he placed a camera in front of them and started playing Junior Eurovision.

And the worst dressed is.... Rona Nishliu

Rona Nishliu ©  Thomas Hanses, EBU

The annual Barbara Dex award, which goes to the worst dressed performer in the Eurovision Song Contest, has been won by Albanias Rona Nishliu. The Irish twins Jedward came second while the overall winner Sweden's Loreen was 8th worst dressed.

Joan Franka - You And Me - 3D - The Netherlands 2012

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EuroVisionary presents Joan Franka singing her 2012 Eurovision Song Contest entry You And Me. This video - recorded in 3D - is from the dress rehearsal for the second semi-final.

Joan Franka - You And Me - 3D - The Netherlands 2012

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EuroVisionary presents Joan Franka singing her 2012 Eurovision Song Contest entry You And Me. This video - recorded in 3D - is from the dress rehearsal for the second semi-final.

Second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012: Ten more countries qualify

Eurovision 2012 stage ©  eurovision.tv

The line up for the final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is completed. Tonight we saw the second semifinal. 18 countries competed for ten remaining spots in the big final. Beside the participating countries the United Kingdom, France and Germany were allowed to vote.

3rd dress rehearsal of the 2nd semi final at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Joan Franka ©  Thomas Hanses / EBU

Things are starting to hotten up here in Baku as the second semi final draws nearer. There are some big names among tonight's performers, most noteably Loreen and Željko Joksimović. Will they live up to the hype? Will feathered Joan charm the Netherlands into the final for the first time in eight years? Stay tuned to Eurovisionary to find out!

And Now For the 2nd Semi-Final

OK, so I only predicted six of the ten on Tuesday (Moldova – seriously?) but here I am again, putting my reputation on the line and giving you an early indication of who will complete the line-up for Saturday night.  

2nd dress rehearsal of the 2nd semi final at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Loreen ©  Elke Roels (EBU)

Tomorrow we see who are the next 10 countries to qualify for Saturday's final of the Eurovision Song Contest.  Here we go with the second full dress rehearsal for semi final 2.  

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