While the sky is turning to grey above the Olympic Indoor Arena in Athens – don't we remember the same from last year in Kyiv? – about everyone is getting ready for the live broadcast of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest semifinal. What's going on around?
Carola (Sweden), Lordi (Finland), Sandra Oxenryd (Estonia), Severina (Croatia) and the backing vocals of Silvia Night have one thing in common; they all visisted the press conference to have a walk, talk to journalists and give television and radio interviews. Meanwhile, one can hear heavy discussions around about who will and won't qualify for the final tonight.
Swedish Carola said to be "full of energy and love" for tonight's semifinal, Sandra Oxenryd is "excited". The Lordi handsomes admitted "not to be nervous at all". Silvia Night's backing vocals, internally named 'the unicorns', are confident for tonight's show. Entirely in the concept of Silvia Night, the male singer said: "Working with Silvia is a big honour. We dropped everything we do to work with her as she is a world star".
In about half an hour, the semifinal results of the BigPoll 2006 will be announced, along with a prediction made by your esctoday.com editors in Athens! During and after the semifinal, esctoday.com will continue to cover live from the press centre, so stay tuned!