Thursday 19th May, 21:00 CET. Ukraine is ready to launch the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, consisting of a semifinal and a final two days later. The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in the Palats Sportu of Kyiv, in which 8.500 fans gathered to celebrate the world's biggest song contest. Host broadcaster of the event is Ukrainian broadcaster NTU.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen!
The hosts Maria Efrosinina (aka Masha) and Pavlo Shylko (aka DJ Pasha) open the semifinal of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. Both Masha and Pasha are celebrities in Ukraine. Maria Efrosinina replaces last year's Eurovision Song Contest winner Ruslana who was initially appointed as the female host of the contest.
The opening act
Masha and Pasha discuss how the opening act of the Eurovision Song Contest semifinal should look like and show a glimpse of all possibilities: traditional dance by the Song and Dance Company of Ukraine Military Forces, modern dance by A-B Ballet, a typical Ukrainian military choir, and modern rock by Diezel DJ Power.