After months of preparation and two weeks of rehearsals, tonight things got serious. The first semi-final was beamed live around Europe. Viewers around Europe were welcomed by hosts, Nadia Hasnaoui, Erik Solbakken and Haddy Jatou N'Jie, who explained the voting system.
Thursday saw the beginning of the second round of rehearsals and press conferences. The first eleven countries competing in the first semi-final took to the stage for their last solo rehearsal. The next time will be the run through of the semi-final itself.
The Moldovan national broadcaster TRM, has held the country's national final, O Melodie Pentru Europa, to choose its representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. At the end of the night Sun Stroke Project & Olia Tira took the ticket for Oslo.
The International Festival, The Golden Stag from Romania is being held in Brasov city, and is said to be the second biggest contest after the Eurovision Song Contest. The festival will be held from 2nd to 7th of September and will feature many Eurovision voices.