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Tonight, the 57th Eurovision Song Contest was beamed live to Europe and anywhere with internet access, from the Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan. Hosts, Nargiz Birk-Petersen, Eldar Gasimov (one half of the duo who won last year) and Leyla Alieva guided the audience through the evening.

2nd Final dress rehearsal for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Rona Nishliu ©  EBU / Thomas Hanses

The atmosphere here at the spectacular Crystal Hall is steadily building towards the big day tomorrow, as 26 nations battle it out to become the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. But, prior to the actual contest, one more hurdle remains and that is the all important jury final. Who will bomb and who will impress? Read on to find out.

1st Final dress rehearsal for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Loreen ©  SVT

After two semi-finals we now have a line-up of 26 countries that is still in the run to win the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. This afternoon we saw the first dress rehearsal of the big show that will kick off tomorrow evening ending with a winner and a host country for next year.

Eleftheria Eleftheriou - Aphrodisiac - 3D - Greece 2012

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EuroVisionary presents Eleftheria Eleftheriou singing her 2012 Eurovision Song Contest entry Aphrodisiac. This video recorded in 3D is from the dress rehearsal for the first semi-final.

Press Conference of the qualifiers from the first semi-final

Winners (c) Thomas Hanses (EBU)

The ten qualifiers from the first semi-final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest had their winners' press conference after the show.  They told us a little about their experience so far and found out their all important places in the draw.

The First Semifinal of 2012 Eurovision Song Contest Was Held This Evening: Ten in and Eight Out!

Eurovision 2012 stage ©  eurovision.tv

Europe's biggest event, the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 has started with the first semi-final in Baku’s Crystal Hall this evening. Eighteen countries have participated in the first battle for the final where only lucky ten countries could make it to Saturday evening.

3rd Dress Rehearsal of 1st semi final at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Soluna Samay ©  Elke Roels / EBU

It's the third and final rehearsal for all 18 countries this evening before the first semi final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The tension is mounting here in Baku as eighteen participants battle it out for only ten spots in Saturday's final. Who will make it and who will be dissappointed? We'll know in under nine hours!

The Top 10 From the First Semi-Final (Probably!)

It’s that time of year again! The first semi-final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is almost upon us and speculation is rife as to which ten songs will reach the final on Saturday. Never one to miss the opportunity to give my opinion, here are my thoughts.

2nd Dress Rehearsal of 1st semi final at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Jedward ©  Thomas Hanses (EBU)

All 18 countries from the first semi final took to the stage for the second full dress rehearsal in the Crystal Hall arena in Baku.  The show began at 12:00 midnight local time in Azerbaijan.  So, what 10 countries will make it to the grand final on Saturday night?

1st dress rehesarsal of 1st semi-final at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Iceland should qualify easily to the final ©  Andres Putting (EBU)

After each of the 18 participants in the first semi-final have been rehearsing individually a bit over an hour on the stage in Baku it was time for the first of three dress rehearsals before the big show tomorrow night. Who stands with the best chances to qualify as things are right now?

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