@08:30 It is going to be a busy day at the Wiener Stadthalle today. Seven countries that directly go to the Grand Final will have their second rehearsal in the first half of the day, starting with Italy from 10:00 CET and finishing with Australia at 12:50 CET. The running order in the arena will be following:
Starting from 15:00 CET. the first rehearsal of the second Semi-Final will take place at the Wiener Stadthalle. This show will be open for the press and fans.
The jury show will start at 21:00 CET. During this show the jury will give their votes for the participants and thus 50% of results will be decided.
@10:01 Wednesday morning starts with the countries directly qualified for the Final second round of rehearsals. And first on board was once again Italy, represented this year by Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, better known as Il Volo.
@10:25 The Makemakes are ready for their second rehearsal. Their song I Am Yours is about real friendship. Three artists transmit this message through their powerful and harmonic performance. They set the stage literally and figuratively in flames. Will their piano be damaged and how the flames works, find out below!
@11:00 Edurne García Almagro has it all. She looks stunning, sings like an angel and acts like she was doing it all her life, even though she wanted to be a vet. Still, taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest was her biggest dream since she was a child and that dream finally came true. "Eurovision is my biggest challenge so far, because it's something different and this event is huge. Millions are watching the show all over the world," Edurne told Eurovision.tv. "Besides I like to try new things and this is one of the best experiences in my life."
@11:29 Ann Sophie is representing Germany in Vienna with an instantly catchy song called Black Smoke. And black smoke is what the spectators will get to see in the arena and on the screens on Saturday too, as it's the main image on the LED backdrop. The captivating singer has her own distinct fashion style: black pantsuit, high heels, and one very special red and gold earring. Find out the story behind it below, and check out our footage from the rehearsal right now!
@12:00 It has only been a few days since Electro Velvet, the act representing the United Kingdom, were last on stage at the Wiener Stadthalle to perform the song Still In Love With You, and since then they have been working hard to smooth everything out to make sure everything is perfect for their second rehearsal.
@12:28 This year's French representative Lisa Angell has a strong message for the audience in the Wiener Stadthalle - don't repeat the mistake of the past generation, and create the world without war. It is the song of "hope and peace, of courage and solidarity".
@13:01 Guy Sebastian has been doing the rounds here in Vienna since he arrived; very keen to promote Australia's first ever Eurovision Song Contest entry in the hope it can win on Saturday. Today he returned to the Wiener Stadthalle for his second rehearsal.
@13:30 During the Press conferences in the Wiener Stadthalle, already known finalists from the Big Five countries, as well as artists from Austria and Austrlia have drawn their positions in the Grand Final.