Tonight we will know which ten countries will qualify to the final from the first final. Before we come so far it was however time for a third dress rehearsal this afternoon. This was the last chance for the acts to get rid of the nerves that might still be back.
Throughout much of the contest's history, the opening sequence of each entry has been portrayed with a postcard. Whereas the trend used to be to use postcardsto show off the country's sights and nature for what it was worth, SVT have made the postcards more personal, following each artist at home.
After the first dress rehearsal for semi-final one was held this afternoon, it was time for a second rehearsal this evening. Some of the acts might have a bit more nerves on as this is the rehearsal the juries will be basing their points upon.
Here you can get to know the guys of Koza Mostra and Agathon Iakovidis a bit better. Have you ever wondered what kind of music it exactly is they do? They tried to explain it to us in this video interview, which was recorded in 3D.
Yesterday we saw the first rehearsals from the six automatically qualified finalists. In this video you can hear some impressions from the rehearsals from Spain, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Sweden. At the same time you can see a bit from the press centre.
Italy finished today's rehearsals of the big 5 and the host nation Sweden. After their return in 2011 with a second place in Düsseldorf and a 9th place in Baku San Remo winner Marco Mengoni also belongs to one of the pre-contest favourites. Could he fulfill the high expectations?
The anticipation was huge in the press centre for home boy Robin's first rehearsal today. He has turned in a consistently brilliant vocal performance, but his song is surprisingly not appreciated by as many. Would his first run through win him wider support?
On after an underwhelming Spain is the turn of French fancy Amandine Bourgeois with her sultry song of vengeance, L'Enfer et Moi. Any members of press who were taking a disco nap at their desk were soon woken by this charged performance.