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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?

Press Conferences – Day 5

Sinplus ©  eurovision.tv

Thursday was a very busy day in Baku, with fourteen countries from the first semi-final completing their solo rehearsal schedule and conducting their second press conferences.

Mandinga makes everybody dance even on rehearsal.

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If you still haven't sung to yourself Zaleilah by Mandinga, you have to listen to the second rehearsal by Romania and dance.

Press Conferences – Day 1

Anmary Press Conference ©  eurovision.tv

After months of concern that the Crystal Hall would not be ready in time to host the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, today saw the opening day of rehearsals and press conferences in the land of fire and ice.

Mandinga - Zaleilah - Romania 2012 - Eurovision Song Contest - Rehearsal 2D & 3D

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EuroVisionary presents Mandinga singing Zaleilah, which is the Romanian entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. This performance is from their first rehearsal in Baku.

Mandinga rehearses for not breaking Romania's streak to qualify for the final

Mandinga First Rehearsal © EBU

Romania is rich in Eurovision talent and statistics prove it. They have qualified for every final since the semi-final system came into play in 2004 and Mandinga will try to keep the record. Will we listen to the fusion sound of Zaleilah in the final?

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