Tonight: The second Eurovision Song Contest semi-final

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The second semi-final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will take place tonight in the Malmö Arena. The show starts at 21:00 CET and will feature 17 countries fighting for 10 places in the final.

The show

There will be 17 songs performed tonight. After the songs have been performed the viewers can vote for their favourite by telephone, SMS (not available in all countries) and the new Eurovision Song Contest mobile app.

The televotes will be all added together and ranked from 1 to 17 by the organisers of the televote in for each country. There is a limit of 20 votes by phone number.

There are also professional juries in each of the countries voting in the first semi-final. They will also rank all the songs from 1 to 17, based on the dress rehearsal they watched last night.

The rankings from the jury and public votes will then be combined, 50% each, and the top ten countries will be converted into points from 1 to 12 points, omitting 9 and 11 like Eurovision tradition demands.

Apart from the participating countries also direct qualifiers Germany, Italy and Sweden will vote in this semi-final.

The show will be hosted by Petra Mede.

Participants

Latvia: PeRHere we go
San Marino: Valentina MonettaCrisalide (Vola)
FYR Macedonia: Vlatko Lozanoski & Esma Redžepova (Esma & Lozano)Pred da se razdeni
Azerbaijan: Farid Mammadov Hold me
Finland: Krista SiegfridsMarry me
Malta : Gianluca BezzinaTomorrow
Bulgaria: Elitsa & StoyanSamo shampioni
Iceland: Eyþór Ingi GunnlaugssonÉg á líf
Greece: Koza Mostra feat. AgathonasAlcohol is free
Israel: Moran MazorRak bishvilo
Armenia: DoriansLonely planet
Hungary: ByeAlexKedvesem
Norway: Margaret BergerI feed you my love
Albania: Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar SejkoIdentitet
Georgia: Sophie & NodiWaterfall
Switzerland: TakasaYou and me
Romania: CezarIt’s my life 

The opening and the interval acts

The second semi-final will be opened by by Urban Orchestra, where a group of dancers form an orchestra on the stage. by Urban Orchestra, where a group of dancers form an orchestra on the stage.

The number is choreographed by Fredrik “Benke” Rydman and Jennie Widegren and features some of the best dancers in Europe.

There is also another comedy insert with the fictional EBU (European Broadcasting Union) official Lynda Woodruff, played by Sarah Dawn Finer.

Also Swedish pop singers Darin and Agnes will sing a medley of their hits on the interval.

How to watch

The first semi-final will be broadcast live by all participating and voting broadcasters, check local details for channels.

It will also be broadcast in Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina and delayed in Australia and China.

There will be an international webcast on the official EBU Eurovision website here

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