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First Dress Rehearsal of Second Semi-Final

20 May 2015 at 16:50 CEST
All set for the Dress Rehearsal of the SF2 Andres Putting (EBU)
The excitement at this year's Eurovision venue is rising as the first Dress Rehearsal of the Second Semi-Final will be held at 15:00 CET! This is the last chance for the 17 semifinalists to bring their performances to perfection, before tonight's show is aired for the jury members only! A lot of fans is  following the last rehearsals in Wiener Stadthalle too. But you can join as well, follow our live updates and share your opinion bellow.

@14:50 This afternoon at 15:00 CET there will be a full dress rehearsal of the second Semi-Final, which will be the first opportunity that the press and fans in the arena get to see what the entire programme will look like.

@14:53 This is the running order of performances in the first Semi-final:


@14:55 Do you already know all the songs from the second Semi-Final?

@14:57 The first dress rehearsal is also an opportunity for the crew on the floor to practice the change-overs on the set between each song, setting up props and instruments, and to get their timings right... and if it doesn't work out, then they have to do it again.

@15:00 The Dress Rehearsal of the second Semi-Final is about to start! Tell us who are your supporting this year and who would you like to qualify!

@15:02 The audience in the Wiener Stadthalle today consists mainly of Austrian young students, children and teenagers and they are already cheering like mad at this year's Eurovision venue.

@15:03 Four hosts - Mirjam Weichselbraun, Arabella Kiesbauer, Alice Tumlerare and Conchita - are welcoming the show and the 17 participating acts are making their way to the stage.

@15:07 As usual, the host will explain the rules about voting. The juries from the 17 participating countries (and Germany, Italy, the UK and Australia) are going to vote tonight during the "Jury" show and the audience tomorrow. on Thursday, at 21:00 CET. You can vote by calling the phone numbers you will see on the screen or by sending an SMS - up to 20 times!

@15:10 First up on stage are Monika and Vaidas and their country-pop tune This Time. A song about love that is very much represented by the chemistry they show on stage with that famous kiss!

@15:12 By the way, in the Lithuanian postcard, both Monika and Vaidas do bungee jumping!

@15:15 Next is Ireland, with the quiet and beautiful ballad Playing With Numbers, performed by the very young Molly Sterling, 17, and her backing group.

@15:17 The stage is beautifully lit with images from a wood in sunset shades.

@15:20 The youngest participants this year come next. Anita Simoncini and Michele Perniola are both 16 and represent San Marino with the song Chain Of Lights

@15:22 It has been written by Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger who, together, have written around 20 songs over the 60 years of history of the Eurovision Song Contest

@15:24 The stage goes dark blue in song number 4. It is that of Montenegro, written by another veteran of the contest, Željko Joksimović.

@15:25 Now the lights turn into red as the song Adio progresses. It is performed by Knez alongside his five female backing vocalists.

@15:28 Some important challenges and adventures await the singers of tonight's Semi-Final in their postcards and the Maltese singer, Amber, is parachute jumping on hers. After all she is a Warrior, as she sings in song number 5, Delivering a powerful performance.

@15:31 "Green is the colour of hope", Conchita says. "So, after their performance all of the contestants come here hoping to get something to drink."She will be chatting with the contestants from San Marino and Ireland.

@15:34 After a chat with some of the contestants with Conchita it's time for the next act to get up in the stage of the Wiener Stadthalle.

@15:36 It is Norway's Mørland and Debrah Scarlett with the delicate dark ballad A Monster Like Me. Their performance consists mainly of a single shot with the steady cam following the duo on stage

@15:38 Next one up is Portugal with Leonor Andrade and the song Ha Um Mar Que Nos Separa.

@15:40 She is singing her pop rock track against a wind machine stream. Leonor wears an all black outfit.

@15:42 After their adventure in a suspension bridge wearing an armor and a damsel gown.

@15:44 Marta and Vaclav from the Czech Republic change into all black dress for their performance of Hope Never Dies on the stage. And Marta takes her shoes off through her performance!

@15:46 The next one is Israel with another 16 years old artist Paris-born Nadav Guedj and his lively number Golden Boy.

@15:48 Nadav is accompanied on stage by an all male group, his three male dancers and two backing singers. Oh! Three minutes have passed by and Nadav reminds us that he has to go and leave the spot for Latvia's Aminata.


@15:50 Aminata is wearing a very long red dress. She delivers intriguing performance of her entry Love Injected. Latvian contestant is joined on stage by three female backing vocalists.

@15:53 Azerbaijan is the land of fire and, in his postcard, Elnur is playing with a Zippo lighter while watching the making of the opera Turandot.

@15:55 A night time backdrop is show for his performance of Hour Of The Wolf. Elnur is followed on stage by two dancers and three backing vocalists for his powerful vocal performance.

@15:58 The golden feet of Maria Olafs are the next to stand on the stage of the Wiener Stadthalle.

@16:00 She sings Unbroken with a five strong backing vocalists group including Hera Björk, who represented Iceland in 2010.

@16:03 More artist chatting with Conchita in the green room lead up to the Swedish entry.

@16:05 The hotly tipped Heroes with Måns Zelmerlöw and his popular screen projections.

@16:06 Måns delivers yet another strong performance of his well rehearsed act with red and white lightning.

@16:08 Switzerland comes next with singer songwriter Melanie René and her self penned Time To Shine.

@16:11 She definitely does shine in the centre of the stage with her silver dress and surrounded by her backing singers playing drums.

@16:13 The stage goes totally black for Cyprus as the performance of John Karagiannis starts in black and white on the screens as well.

@16:15 One Thing I Should Have Done is the title of his tender ballad beautifully staged her in Vienna

@16:18 Second last in this Semi-Final is Slovenia with the husband-wife combo Maraaya and the song Here For You.

@16:20 Both Marietka and Raay are wearing their now famous headphones, their most distinctive visual feature alongside their air violin dancer.

@16:22 And closing this Semi-Final is Poland with the singer Monika Kuszinska.

@16:24 As you might now Monika had an accident nine years ago and is sitting on her wheel chair during the performance of In The Name Of Love, which tells her story of overcoming.

@16:26 And with this Conchita announces the end of the presentation of the songs. This is a moment when the hosts call TV viewers in Europe and Australia to vote! However, this is going to happened tomorrow.

@16:28 The recap of the songs starts, and, as this is just a rehearsal, we leave our comments here for today.

@16:35 As there's no live stream for Dress Rehearsal of the second Semi-Final, here's a sneak peek in 100 seconds. Let us know what you think. You can share your opinion below.

Gallery: Dress Rehearsal SF2: Backstage

@16:50 If you wonder what's the atmosphere like in the backstage, here's a clue!

@17:00 Have you seen this year's postcards for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest? What do you think? We find them really nice.

@17:10 The second Semi-Final LIVE show is on Tuesday. Still, you should get all you need on time. Do you have a scoreboard for SF2 already?