Sakis Rouvas

Semifinal Two Completes the Lineup

2009 Eurovision Song Contest 2nd semi final © EBU

After Tuesday’s semifinal, this evening, we discovered who would fill the remaining places in the final on Saturday. Nineteen countries, including favourites Norway, competed for the ten available places. The hosts were Andrey Malakhov and Natalia Vodianova, who also hosted the first semifinal.

Greek and Cypriot Eurovision Party

Sakis Rouvas ©  John Stanton, EuroVisionary

The Eurovision Party season continued unabated with a party hosted by the Greek and Cypriot delegations and the huge Eurodom.  More than half of this year's contestants performed on the stage to a packed house.

Eurovision 2009: Day 7 Press Conferences

Alex Swings, Oscar Sings ©  Indrek Galetin, EBU

A week into rehearsals and finally the five countries already in the final took to the stage. Before that, it was the turn of some of the remaining countries in Thursday’s second semifinal to rehearse for the second time.

Belarussian Eurovision party at the Eurodom

John Stanton, Eurovisionary

The tradition of Belarussian party continues, as it impresses with its lavishness.  A galaxy of Eurovision stars past and present, including Koldun, Polina Smolova, and Ruslan Alehno entertained thousands of delegates at a party that will be talked about for years to come.

Eurovision 2009: Day 4 Press Conferences

De Toppers ©  Charlotte Jensen, Eurovisionary

Day 4 saw the remaining participants from the second semifinal rehearse for the first time, followed by the obligatory press conference. Slovenia were the early risers this morning, Dutch group, De Toppers brought the day to a close.

Video: Sakis Rouvas sings his entry at the first Greek press conference

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At a quite popular press conference Greek representative Sakis Rouvas gave a little taste of how his song would sound without any instruments. Watch our video to hear that.

Video: Sakis Rouvas talks about good music and national finals versus internal selections

© Charlotte Jensen, EuroVisionary

Sakis Rouvas was asked if he liked the entry from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aside from thinking that Regina was a female singer he answered quite well when he turned it into being about what is good music and why he prefers a national with public voting over an internal selection.

Visions of the Qualifiers – Second Semifinal

2009 Eurovision Song Contest 2nd semi final © EBU

Last week, we at Eurovisionary gave our predictions for the first semifinal. Now we turn our attention to the second semifinal.

EBU Reveals Jury Details

2009 Eurovision logo © eurovision.tv

Having previously announced that the public televote will be combined by a jury vote, the EBU have now announced details of how this new system will work.

2009gr Sakis Rouvas - This Is Our Night

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Sakis Rouvas will be representing Greece at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with this song called This Is Our Night. Last year Greece qualified for the final where they finished 3rd.

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