May 10th: The (Semi) Final Countdown

by Richard West-Soley 64 views

Tonight's the night: after months of preparation, twenty-eight songs will be whittled down to just ten this evening. The Eurovision dream will be over for eighteen countries, but for a lucky ten, the chance to win the whole contest will be a step closer.

There is one last chance to get it right for each country today, as the third and final semifinal rehearsal takes place at 13:00 CET. Then, at 21:00 CET, the show gets going for real, and around three hours later, it will all be over.

In a day which will no doubt be extremely tense for participants and fans alike, will bring you coverage of events throughout, starting with the semifinal rehearsal right up to the end. Stay with us to experience the highs (and lows) of one of the toughest and hardestfoughtsemifinal contests in the history of the contest, live from Hartwall Arena in Helsinki!

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site