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Lisbon Today: The 'Big Five', Portugal and... the Blue Carpet!

06 May 2018 at 09:22 CEST
Stage and techical pictures Thomas Hanses
Yesterday we saw thirteen Semi-Finalists on stage for their second rehearsal. Today, the 'Big Five' — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — as well as host country Portugal will rehearse for the second time. And this evening all contestants will make a glamorous appearance on the Blue Carpet!

Today it is time for the host country and the 'Big Five' to perform on stage for the second time. During each participant's second rehearsal, lasting 20 minutes, accredited press has access to the arena. After each rehearsal, the artist(s) will give a press conference.

The first rehearsal begins at 11:00, the last press conference ends around 14:30 CEST. Today's running order:

  • Portugal
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy

In the evening we will see all 43 contestants walk down the Blue Carpet ahead of the official Opening Ceremony, starting 18:00 CEST. You can follow the entire event on as well as via our live blog.

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Missed anything yesterday? Check out Saturday's Daily Digest to catch up with everything that happened in the Eurovision bubble on the seventh day of rehearsals.