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.
Blond temptress Margaret Berger gave a confident performance but clearly struggled with some of the notes during her first round of rehearsals but still managed to come off convincing. With a few todays to polish off her act, anticipation was high to see if she would now live up to her status as one of the big favourites to win the contest.
We are now taking a closer look at the rehearsals of the last five countries in the second semi-final. This starts with the popular Norwegian entry, which will be followed by Albania, Georgia, Switzerland and Romania.
With Margaret Berger yet to see action in Malmö, Norwegian broadcaster NRK have just confirmed their plans to give the national selection Melodi Grand Prix a major makeover for next year, making some drastic changes.
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.
Today came what many had been waiting for; the exaxt running order of the two semi-finals. For the first time it was decided by the producers together with EBU, instead of the usual draw. Austria will be opening the first semi-final while Latvia will kick off the second one.
Today the Head of Delegation meeting took place in Malmö. All the participating entries have now been officially handed it to EBU, the Reference Group got three new members, the starting position in the final for the host country was drawn and the premiliminary dates for next year's contest announced.
The Norwegian selection Melodi Grand Prix may have proved a flop in terms of television ratings, but with new figurehead Vivi Stenberg at the helm, the contest has produced numerous sizeable hits, which according to Stenberg, was her primary aim.