Stockholm Revisited schedule
10th June 2016: Technical production
17th June 2016: Writing the script
24th June 2016: Pre-contest milestones
1st July 2016: Interval acts
8th July 2016: Voting
15th July 2016: Semi-Final 1 revisited
22nd July 2016: Semi-Final 2 revisited
29th July 2016: Grand Final in focus
5th August 2016: Top 5: Ukraine
12th August 2016: Top 5: Australia
19th August 2016: Top 5: Russia
26th August 2016: Top 5: Bulgaria
2nd September 2016: Top 5: Sweden
Behind the scenes - the rehearsals
Rehearsals for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest started in Stockholm's Globe Arena on Monday 2nd May. Before the artists take to the stage they have an in-ear monitor rehearsals where the audio is perfected. Following this they then head to the stage where the performances begin.
Each country initially has 30 minutes as part of the first set of rehearsals, followed by 20 minutes as part of the second round. How many times a song is performed in the allocated time is up to the acts and delegations. These rehearsals are not the first time that the respective songs have performed on the stage however; before the artists had even touched down in Stockholm the Swedish broadcaster SVT had arranged for stand-in rehearsals to take place with other singers. Songs were performed according to the instructions received from delegations concerning the look and feel of the entries. These performances were filmed and sent to each participating broadcaster for feedback ahead of the rehearsals starting.
After each country has rehearsed the stage is cleaned and polished, ready for the next act and the process begins all over again!
Check out our video below which provides a glimpse behind the scenes of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest!