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.
The qualifiers from the second semi final held a winners' press conference at the Crystal Hall arena in Baku. They were all asked a couple of questions by the press and then discovered their place in the final on Saturday night.
The line up for the final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is completed. Tonight we saw the second semifinal. 18 countries competed for ten remaining spots in the big final. Beside the participating countries the United Kingdom, France and Germany were allowed to vote.
Things are starting to hotten up here in Baku as the second semi final draws nearer. There are some big names among tonight's performers, most noteably Loreen and Željko Joksimović. Will they live up to the hype? Will feathered Joan charm the Netherlands into the final for the first time in eight years? Stay tuned to Eurovisionary to find out!
OK, so I only predicted six of the ten on Tuesday (Moldova – seriously?) but here I am again, putting my reputation on the line and giving you an early indication of who will complete the line-up for Saturday night.
Last night we found the first ten qualifers for the final on Saturday. Tomorrow evening another 18 songs will compete for the last ten spots. This afternoon it was time for the first dress rehearsal for the second semi-final show and thereby time to tell who stands with the best chances.
With the first semi-final just days away, the pace in Baku is unrelenting as delegations continue to rehearse and hold press conferences. Today, 13 countries had to go to work in The Crystal Hall in preparation for the big day.