[[email protected]:30] The countdown to the LIVE shows from Vienna continues. The first rehearsals for the second Semi-Final took place, with the first eight countries in the running order rehearsing on the stage at the Wiener Stadthalle. If you want to find out more about what happened at the Eurovision venue today, check out our developing story!
@10:55 If you missed our coverage from the previous days, here you can find all you need to know about the Eurovision events at the Wiener Stadthalle!
@10:50 Don't forget that the artists of all the participating countries of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest meet the press at the Press conference area after their rehearsals. You can find the full schedule at press.eurovision.tv
@11:00 The first artists on stage will be Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila for Lithuania. This is today's full running order of rehearsals.
So, the last artists on stage will be Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta who finish the first rehearsal of the Czech Republic at 18:20 CET.
@11:10 More Eurovisoin news coming up: Twelve dresses have been designed for 2015 Eurovision Song Contest hosts Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer by ORF fashion expert Ariane Rhomberg - one for each respective Semi-Final, and two for the Final. Check it out here.
@12:02 They are not a couple, but they look very good together that they easily could be. Good chemistry between two singers, Monika and Vaidas from Lithuania, and their positive energy on stage is just contagious.
@12:33 For a relatively young artist, Molly from Ireland gave a vocally strong confident performance in each of her rehearsals today in the Wiener Stadthalle. She will have her second rehearsal on Saturday the 16th of May.
@13:14 Both Anita and Michele from San Marino have been involved in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest previously, so have plenty of prior experience although they admitted that the scale of the "grown up" Eurovision Song Contest is a lot big, "ten times bigger", as Michele told us.
@14:01 "I feel great. We are ready for our first rehearsals and I'm really looking forward. The moment we have all been waiting has finally come«, Knez from Montenegro told Eurovision.tv, introducing the girls, who will be joining him on the Eurovision stage: Ksenija (his daughter), Jelena, Ivana, Lena and Dunja.
@14:45 While she was in the dressing room, Amber from Malta took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk about the last six months, and her preparations with the song Warrior, and how her experience in Baku has helped her.
Time for the Maltese Warrior
@15:30 Mørland & Debrah Scarlett from Norway arrived at the Wiener Stadthalle earlier to rehearse their song A Monster Like Me. We were of course there to cover it.
@16:15 Leonor Andrade from Portugal, at just 20 years, is one of the youngest artists competing in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest but she already has a lot of stage experience. Strong passion, romance, and heartbreak - this is the theme of the Portuguese entry in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest Há Um Mar Que Nos Separa, the translation of which means "There is a sea that separates us".
@17:20 The relationship between two people can be very versatile but never easy. Marta and Václav from the Czech Republic know how to show this complicated feeling towards each other on stage: despite difficulties, the protagonists ofHope Never Dies don’t want to give up and looking for the energy to carry on.
@18:15 Rehearsals scheduled for today are over, but the Meet & Greet with artists is still going on. You can follow it LIVE by using our WebTV player. In case you missed the one with your favourite contestant, no worries, you can find them all in our Youtube playlist.
@19:55 Here are all the rehearsals from today. Check out the first impressions of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest semi-finalists and let us know what you think.
@20:22 That's all for today! The Wiener Stadthalle is about to be closed but only till tomorrow. Join us again on Thursday morning, when we will have more Eurovision news and exclusive content to share with all the Eurovision fans around the globe. Good night, Europe & Australia!
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