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Backstage tactics: Go 100% or hold back?

04 May 2011 at 02:22 CEST

Read everything about Tuesday's rehearsals in our daily summary!

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dino Merlin - Love In Rewind
"The Contest has changed so much compared to the '90's, it has grown into a completely different experience. This time, we're in front of more than 20,000 people. In Jerusalem when I participated in 1999, we had just some 4,000 people. Also it's technical, the music industry has grown like 100%. But two things always remain. The song and the performance. There's no machine that can produce the human soul."

Austria: Nadine Beiler - The Secret Is Love
"We arrived at the hotel yesterday, and it's so beautiful! Today, it's too early to be nervous, I think. I'm still a little bit tired, but it's okay. I'm really excited to go on stage, but when the rehearsals are all good, I don't think I will be nervous."

The Netherlands: 3JS - Never Alone (lead singer Jan Dulles)
"Wooooow! This is unbelievable. This is definitely the biggest stage we've performed in..."

Belgium: Witloof Bay - With Love Baby (beat boxer RoxorLoops)
"Apparently we were arriving a bit too late. It's quite stressful, we're rushed between all the different stations here backstage. Until now, I must say everything seemed a bit amateurish and handmade about Eurovision, but now that we arrived and had to drive into the arena with the big stage, and there are new busses especially made... It's totally different from what we've seen this far."

Slovakia: TWiiNS - I'm Still Alive
"We've probably had even bigger shows. Actually we were also in Belgrade in 2008 as backing singers for the Czech Republic, but this arena is larger. That experience still helps us to know something about Eurovision, but of course it's a different position as lead singers."

Ukraine: Mika Newton - Angel
"I've been in Düsseldorf once before. It's a very modern city with good shopping and stylish people. I really love Germany."

Moldova: Zdob și Zdub - So Lucky
"We have nothing to learn, we just have to sing the song and check the show, the light, how to stand on the stage. We only have to learn how to be punctual and organised. Everything is step by step here, nobody's in a rush. We are more laid back and spontaneous usually."

Sweden: Eric Saade - Popular
"We have a good feeling. We were to Paris and did the performance live for TV this weekend. But there are nine days left now, so it's really not now I'm supposed to be on top. There really are a lot of things that can be improved still. I hope to learn everything today. I hope everything is going to fall into place in the first rehearsal. Not in the actual performance, but in my mind. For the next rehearsal, I plan to go all out in the performance. Today, I'm thinking about the cameras and stuff, not the singing and charisma."

Cyprus: Christos Mylordos - San Aggelos S’Agapisa
"I'm okay. There are lots of things to think of, practice, rehearsals... Eurovision is something very important and different. You can usually only do it once in your life. Some people pass here two or three times, but for most it's only once."

Above, the participants are presented in the running order of the rehearsals. They will perform in the same order in the first half of the Second Semi-Final, on the 12th of May.