Right now, the jury show for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final is taking place at the host venue, the Wiener Stadthalle.
The 27 finalists will all perform their entries during tonight’s show, where the jury members from around Europe and Australia will rank the songs based on a number of factors. These votes will then be added to tomorrow’s televote, both of whom have a 50% say in the final results.
Here at ESCToday, we will be bringing you the latest updates from this evening’s dress rehearsal, live from the Wiener Stadthalle!
The opening begins with music from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who play in the garden of the Schönbrunn Palace. A flashback to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest takes place, showing clips of Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision victory.
This is then followed by the opening act, where Conchita performs together with the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Suparar Choir and Left Boy the official ‘Building Bridges’ anthem. The competing artists then cross the ‘bridge’ from the Green Room to the Eurovision stage.
The video bridges, which were sent in from around the world over the pass few months, are then presented before the televoting info is revealed.
Maraaya are first to take to the stage this evening with their entry Here for you. Flashing lights appear in the background once again, with nothing changing from the second semi-final performance. Towards the end of the performance, the wind machine kicks in with force, before the performance comes to an end.
Next is Lisa Angell to take to the stage. Performing in front of a screen depicting a war-hit screen, white doves fly upwards on the screen in mid-performance. In the second half of the performance, 4 drummers appear behind Lisa who begin to walk towards the end of the stage. Images of the drummers also appear on the background. A powerful performance.
Golden boy Nadav Guedj is next to take to the stage. Although not 100% perfect vocally, Nadav performs a fun and energetic performance together with his backing dancers and vocalists. At the end of the performance where a ‘selfie’ of the Israeli performers is shown, the whole arena bursts into applause.
Elina and Stig are next to take to the stage with their entry Goodbye to yesterday. Lots of connection is seen onstage with a performance pretty much the same as that from their first semi-final performance. Vocals are, once again, very good onstage. The duo receive a positive crowd reaction following their performance.
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Electro Velvet are now on stage for the United Kingdom. Alex and Bianca are delivering very good vocals throughout the performance while camera works and lighting of the scene highlight the led decorated dresses of the singers and the dancers/backing vocalists. The audience here seems to enjoy the entry this year.
Next up are the Armenian supergroup, Genealogy. The group have powerful vocals on stage and you can sense the passion whilst they are performing their entry. The group walk across the stage towards the end of the performance where they stand in their home-continents on the world map on the floor, showing unity between Armenians around the world.
Monika & Vaidas are next to take to the stage. Singing their entry, This time, the duo perform with a strong connection between the 2 of them with good vocals throughout. Halfway through the performance, the duo along with the 2 male and 2 female backing vocalists all kiss each other, getting a huge crowd reaction.
Bojana is next to take to the Eurovision stage. Bojana starts off a bit shaky at the start of the performance, but soon grows throughout the rest of the performance, hitting the big notes during the tempo change. Bojana receives the loudest and most enthusiastic performance of the night from the audience.
Mørland takes to the stage for the Norwegian performance, shortly followed by Debrah. Lights fill the arena with members of the audience waving lights from side to side. Strong connection can be seen between the duo, with the arena erupting at the keychange of the song. A powerful performance from Norway.
A break follows Norway’s performance, with 2 of the Eurovision hosts appearing in the standing area of the stadium. A short reminded of tonight’s televoting numbers are revealed.
Sweden’s Hero Måns takes to the stage next. The start of the performance begins slightly weak vocally, but soon picks up during the lead up to the chorus of the song. Måns works will with the graphics which feature throughout the performance, with the audience in the arena applauding Sweden, one of the loudest reactions of the night.
John Karagiannis is next to take to the Eurovision stage. The first half of the performance shows the singer in black and white, but soon changes to colours halfway through the performance. Star lights sparkle behind John, with burst of light flashing towards the end of the performance, when John sings the chorus of the song.
Guy Sebastian takes to the stage next. Guy performs alongside 4 backing performers, all of whom dancers and sing throughout the performance. Four streetlights also appear on stage which light up throughout. The performance is fun with lots of energy and is very strong vocally, with dance moves similar to that of Malta 2012. Pyrotechnics with lights and smoke appear during the last chorus of the entry.
Next to take to the Eurovision stage is Loïc Nottet and his entry Rhythm inside. Loïc performs strong vocally throughout the whole performance, with the same choreography as that from the first semi-final. Flashing lights once again appear during each chorus of the song which fill up of whole arena. Great crowd response at the end of the performance,
The Makemakes are next to take to the stage. The performance itself is simplistic, with each of the 3 band members performing with their musical instruments. Halfway through the performance, the piano which appear onstage lights up with a burst of flames flaming up on top of the piano. At the end, the lead singers gets up from his piano and performs at the front of the stage.
A break follows Austria’s performance, with one of the Eurovision hosts talking to the Green Room host, Conchita Wurst.
Maria-Elena Kyriakou is next to perform on stage this evening with her entry One last breath. Maria is strong vocally throughout the performance, with nothing changing since her first semi-final show. Maria finishes the performance, hitting the key change of the song and receiving a positive crowd response.
Next on the Eurovision stage is Knez with his entry Adio. The scenery of mountains in the night time appears on the background at the start of the performance, with Knez’s singing shortly afterwards. Halfway through the song, Knez begins to dance with his 5 backing vocalists in a performance the same to that of the second semi-final.
Ann Sophie is next to take to the stage. During the chorus of the German entry, black smoke floats up on the background screen as to fit in with the title of the entry. Five circular lights appear on stage behind the lead singer and 4 backing vocalists. Ann is strong vocally throughout the song, hitting the long notes at the end of the song.
Monika Kuszyńska is next to take to the Eurovision stage this evening with her entry In the name of love. Halfway through the performance, the camera moves and shows images and videos in black and white of Monika before her accident. The performance features emotion and gets a positive crowd response.
Aminata takes to the stage next with her entry Love injected. Aminata hits all of the big notes throughout her performance with ease, with the backing vocalists being heard subtly in the background. Camera angles pan Aminata above her head during the performance, showing a change of the floor graphics.
Romanian group Voltaj are next to take to the stage. Rectangular lights appear on the ground of the stage with suitcases being placed on top of them. Images from the Romanian music video of a young child appear on the background on stage as well as on the smaller screens around the arena, the scene of the message being felt around the stadium.
Edurne is next to take to the Eurovision stage this evening with her entry Amanecer. Edurne begins by wearing a long red glittery grown, which gets pulled off halfway through the performance to revealed a golden warrior dress. During the last part of the performance, Edurne performs some very intricate dancing with her backing dancer, which adds to the drama of the performance. The Spanish singer is strong vocally throughout.
Boggie takes to the Eurovision stage next with her entry Wars for nothing. Camera angles pan across the top of the the Hungarian performance to show an image of the world below it. Boggie and her backing vocalists bring across the message of the song well with strong vocals throughout.
The Georgian Warrior of the contest, Nina Sublatti, is next on the stage with evening. With graphics of lightning appear on both the background and floor screens, a scene of drama can be felt throughout the performance. Georgia receives a positive crowd response at the end of the performance.
Next to take to the stage is Elnur from Azerbaijan. Two contemporary dancers appear on stage alongside Elnur to bring across the message of the song. The Azerbaijani singer hits all of the big notes throughout the song, with strong and steady vocals throughout. The crowd applause the singer at the end of the performance.
Polina Gagarina is next to take to the Eurovision stage with her entry A million voices. A sense of emotion can be felt at the start of the performance, with Polina being vocally strong throughout. The LED background features waves of light throughout which burst during the end of the performance.
Elhaida Dani is the penultimate artist to take to the stage this evening. Elhaida has opted for a different dress for her Grand Final performance, although still in the same colour, also with a different hairstyle. The first half of the performance is performed well, but a sense of nervousness can be heard in the vocals during the second half of the performance.
The final act of the night is Italy along with their selected trio, Il Volo. Pillars appear in the background of the performance with ancient statues. Vocally, the trio have a strong performance on stage throughout the entire show with the crowd erupting into applause at the end of the performance.
Voting opens following Il Volo’s performance and a recap of tonight’s songs are shown.
During the voting, the interval act featuring Martin Grubinger performs before the recap is shown once again.
After voting closes, Conchita takes to the stage once again to perform her latest single, You are unstoppable, and another of her newest singles, Firestorm. Last year’s Junior Eurovision winner then takes to the stage to perform a part of his winning entry.