The swedish producers of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Christer Björkman & Andreas Martin Österdahl, has decided the running order for the final. France will be starting the competition while Ireland will be last out on Saturday.
This afternoon it was time for the last of the three dress rehearsals before the second semi-final kicks off tonight. 17 acts will fight to win one of the 10 places in the final. Who is it we will be seeing again on Saturday?
The postcards made for the Eurovision Song Contest have become an institution in their own right. Sometimes they reflect the life and times of the country that is hosting, sometimes they have a more abstract feel. This year, we repeat the theme of such years as 1996, when the performers are followed about their daily lives.
Fresh from correcting guessing seven out of the ten qualifiers from the first semi-final (be fair, it’s an improvement on last year) it’s time for me to guess who will emerge from then arguably stronger second semi-final on Thursday.
10 jubilant acts qualified for the final last night. Tomorrow evening 17 more will fight for the remaining 10 spots. This afternoon we saw the first dress rehearsal, which will hopfeully give us some indication as to just who has the best chances.
Rock outfit Dorians for Armenia delivered a credible if rather ordinary performance of their plea for peace, Lonely Planet, during their first rehearsals. Would they implement any changes or choose to play it safe for their second round of rehearsals?
Today we will see the last nine semi-finalists rehearse on the stage here in Malmö for the first time. First up this morning was Greece followed by Israel, Armenia and Hungary. Check up how it went in this updated rehearsal article.
The bookmakers have Denmark as their top favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest next month in Malmö - and so far the fans are pretty much in agreement with this. After the points from five of the fan clubs Emmelie de Forest has a clear first position as the fan favourite of the year.