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Following on from the first semi-final on Tuesday, tonight, it was the turn of those drawn in the second semi-final to take to the stage and compete for the support of the public and juries for the right to appear in the final on Saturday.

Videos from second semi-final dress rehearsal

3JS on stage at the dress rehearsal for second semi-final ©  EuroVisionary

The second semi-final is kicking off in just an hour. Ten more countries will qualify for the final held on Saturday. Here you can see the performances from the dress rehearsal of all 19 acts competing tonight.

Last dress rehearsal of the 2nd semi final

Ireland Dress rehearsal (c) Eurovisionary.com

The final dress rehearsal of the second semi final started at 15.00 o'clock. It was the last chance for the participants to get everything well prepared for the live show tonight. Just like during the 3rd dress rehearsal of the first semi final, most of the artists wore casual clothes instead of the ones which they will wear during the live show.

Press conference: EBU and NDR

EBU&NDR press conference ©  Viktoria Karlsson, EuroVisionary

As always during the last week of Eurovision Song Contest EBU hosted a press conference together with the host broadcaster, this year being the German broadcaster NDR. The two main subjects up for discussion was what has happened so far during this years Eurovision Song Contest and what exciting news we can look forward to in the future.

2nd Semi-Final - A Prediction

After the shocks (Switzerland in) and surprises (Poland out) of the first semi-final, attention now turns to the second semi-final on Thursday. There are nineteen songs vying for the ten available places left in the final on Saturday. What chances does each one have? Read on to find out.

Day 7 - Press Conferences

Raphael Gualazzi ©  eurovision.tv

Today was one of the most anticipated days in the rehearsal schedule. While five of the countries in the second semi-final rehearsed, the real interest lay in the first rehearsals of the ‘Big 5’, including hosts Germany, two of the favourites in United Kingdom and France and the long awaited return of Italy.

Good second rehearsal by Bulgaria

Poli Genova 2nd rehearsal (c) Eurovision.tv

Right after the finish of the Cypriot rehearsal Poli Genova and her team entered the stage. Poli also performed last night at the Dutch party, but she did not seem to be tired at all.

Day 4 - Press Conferences

Jedward ©  eurovision.tv

Today saw the remaining ten delegations on the second semi-final have the opportunity to rehearse, as well as holding the obligatory press conference.

Poli Genova reaches for the sky in her first rehearsal

Poli Genova (c) Eurovision.tv

Day four at the Eurovision house kicked off with a lively rehearsal from Poli Genova.  Rock is an interesting way to start the day and she didn't disappoint.

2010 - 2nd Semi-Final

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Basic information
Date: 
27 May 2010
Contest type: 
Semi-Final 2
Venue: 
Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
Broadcaster: 
NRK
Presenter(s): 
Erik Solbakken, Haddy Jatou N'jie & Nadia Hasnaoui
Other shows this year: 
About the contest: 

For the first time in nearly thirty years, the contest was won by Germany. Famed for its anthemic ballads (usually with an ‘everyone should love everyone else’ type theme) and blatant europop, the song that finally brought success is a stylish, contemporary pop song that would have slotted neatly into the charts without looking out of place. The victory by one of the ‘Big 4’ also put an end to the theory that one of these countries would never win the contest again. It was thought that they were at a great disadvantage, as all of their competitors would already be familiar to the audience.

The process of selecting a song proved drawn out for Belarus and Ukraine. Five piece vocal group, 3+2, were selected by an internal jury to perform a song called Far Away, an up-tempo, rock based number. However, and not for the first time in the history of the former USSR member, the song that as originally selected would not be the one to go to the contest.  National broadcaster, BTRC, allowed 3+2 to change the song. The more peaceful and anthemic Butterflies was chosen instead.

The situation in Ukraine was even more complicated. The first singer to be selected was Vasyl Lazarovich with the song, I Love You. However, broadcaster NTU decided that the internal selection process had been unfair and so organised a new final, this time open to a public vote. To say it was organised in a hurry would be an understatement. Writers had only 24 hours to enter a song and the chosen songs were shown on television over the following two nights. This final was won by Alyosha, with a song called Be Free. All was not over yet, as it transpired that Be Free had been on an album that had been released two years previously. Alyosha was allowed to remain as the Ukrainian representative, but with Sweet People. A credible and unlikely 10th place in the final must have made all the effort worthwhile.

Two moments to forget both involved the Russian song. Not many people saw Lost and Forgotten as having the remotest chance of reaching the final. As a result, there was enormous surprise when Russia was revealed as a finalist. What darkened the moment was the booing that emanated from parts of the audience where fans were sitting. Like sulky schoolgirls, they couldn’t let Peter Nalitch enjoy his moment as they indulged in some behaviour more suited to a pantomime. Not content with this, there was mor

There must have been red faces among the security staff after the Spanish performance. Somehow, a man who seemed to be trying to make a name for himself by interrupting major events, managed to evade security staff and join Daniel Diges and his team on the stage. Fortunately, he wasn’t there to cause harm, only to join in. To Daniels enormous credit, be continued as if nothing had happened, and most viewers probably didn’t realise anything was wrong. In the interests of fairness, Daniel was allowed to perform again after the last song had finished.  

In 2009, the EBU had re-introduced the juries to the voting, to work alongside the public televote on a 50/50 basis. This had only been in the final, although a special jury had nominated a wildcard from each semi-final. In 2010, the national juries were present for the semi-finals as well as the final; their votes were combined with the public to produce the 1-8, 10 and 12 points scoring system.

Hungary, Andorra, Czech Republic and Montenegro all withdrew from the contest, while Georgia returned after choosing to sit out in 2009.

Niamh Kavanagh and Feminnem both made their second song contest appearance. Germany’s Lena enjoyed the experience so much (well, she did win, after all) that she asked to sing again in the 2011 contest.

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