[[email protected]:00] The countdown to the LIVE shows from Vienna continues. The last 9 countries of the second Semi-Final had their first rehearsal at the Wiener Stadthalle from 12:00 today, and of course we were there to cover it all. So, all you need to do is sit back, relax and catch up on all the action.
@10:38 The first artist on stage was Nadav Guedj from Israel. This was today's full rehearsal schedule:
So, the last artist on stage was Monika Kuszyńska from Poland who finished her first rehearsal at 19:00 CET.
@10:30 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
@11:46 The Israeli backing dancers stretching before going on stage with Nadav Guedj to perform Golden Boy!
@13:10 A little light show from Vienna, just for you!Gallery: Elnur Huseynov from Azerbaijan performed in the Wiener Stadthalle for his first time
@14:00 Elnur’s stage team consists of two dancers Lukas McFarlane from Canada, the winner of UK’s So You Think You Can Dance, and Julia Spiesser from France, directed by choreographer Ambra Succi, experienced in staging Eurovision acts. Through their “wolfish” contemporary movements, the dancers tell the mystical story. All the choreography and stage colours are well-though-out underlining Elnur’s powerful voice.Gallery: Maria Olafs (Iceland)
@14:45 Iceland is famous for its volcanoes, geysers and sagas, but also for great music musicians. Even though she is taking »one step at a time«, Maria Olafs already has a promising career. "I'm so excited. Can hardly wait to perform on the stage«, Maria told Eurovision.tv, right after she got out of dressing room wearing a pink fluffy dress, which makes her look like a little fairy.
@15:59 Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden had its first rehearsal here in Vienna earlier! Check out the clip below to see how it went!Gallery: John Karayiannis (Cyprus)
@16:30 Apart from singing, the Cypriot entrant John Karayiannis is also enjoys gaming. So when he was in the delegation area, he couldn't resist the opportunity to have a shot on the XboxOne that the Austrians have kindly provided for the use of all delegates.
@18:02 They are married, spiritually connected and amazingly creative. The lives of Marjetka and Raay are completely coloured by indie-pop music. But how well they know each other? Let's see if can find answer to that question.
@19:30 "Beautiful story. Love your song. Go Poland... great ambassador of hope, conquering fear and following one's dream. I would love to see you in the finals. Cheers!," was one of fans# reactions after Monika Kuszyńska’s first rehearsal. Getting a lot of support from her family and her team, the Polish representative created a romantic atmosphere on stage. Watch her first rehearsal!
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!