The day has finally arrived and you can feel the excitement in the air; the buzz around the city is fantastic; it's most entertaining to see the hordes of teenage Jedward fans making their way to the Arena today to see the 3rd dress rehearsal. With not that many ballads among the line up, we're in for an entertaining evening!
The 2nd Dress Rehearsal for the final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest took place this evening. The jury will be voting on the show tonight. It was also another opportunity for participants and technical aspects to be perfected for the final tomorrow night at 21:00 CET.
After two very exciting semi finals today it was finally time for the 25 finalists first dress rehearsal. Now they need to rise their standards a couple of notches even though many of the artists seemed to save both energy and their voices for tomorrow's big show.
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.
Months of hard work and preparation for 19 countries all came down to this, the first semi-final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. By the end of the evening, ten would be celebrating a place in the final, and nine would be licking their wounds.
With the first semi-final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest being only a few hours away you can now warm up with our videos from the dress rehearsal. This is the closest you get to seeing the show in advance.
The final dress rehearsal for the 1st semi final took place at 15:00 pm. This was the final chance for the acts and technicians to get everything prepared for tonight's big show. Here are some opinions of the final rehearsal.
At 21.00 it was time for the second dress rehearsal of the first semi final. It was another opportunity for the artists to tweak their performances and the organizers to get all the technical bits into place. Here are some reflections from this rehearsal.
This afternoon we saw the first dress rehearsal for the first semi final. It was the first opportunity for the artists to present themselves in front of a smaller audience. The rehearsal started with a delay of 20 minutes.
Another Eurovision year is building to a climax, with the first semi-final only a day away. Money has been wagered and arguments made as to which songs will make it through to the final. Here is my guide to the likely winners and losers.