The countdown to LIVE shows continues! All seven countries that are directly qualified to the Grand Final have their first rehearsal on the Eurovision stage at the Wiener Stadthalle on Sunday, starting 09:40 CET. Who has an early start to their day, and who has to wait until the afternoon? The early finish is because of the official opening ceremony taking place in the evening. Join us, as we will have another live story from this year's Eurovision venue.
The first artists to go on the stage at the Wiener Stadthalle at 09:40 CET on Sunday. will be Il Volo for the first rehearsal of Italy. The first rehearsals are of 30 minutes duration. This is today's full running order of rehearsals.
The last artist on stage will therefore be Guy Sebastian, who will finish the first rehearsal of Australia at around 14:10 CET.
@10:45Il Volo are big names at home and hope their big bel canto number, Grande Amore will capture the hearts of Europe and Australia on the 23rd of May.
@11:30 Spain is 'a land of the rising sun', even in this year's Eurovision entry performed by Edurne. After all, a Spanish pop star looked like a ray of sunshine, coming from the south of Europe, as soon as she arrived at the Wiener Stadthalle this morning. "After so many months of preparations, I'm finally here," she said. "Everything looks great and we have perfect technical conditions to make my performance look amazing."
@11:58 Ann Sophie on stage right now for Germany - watch her rehearsal!
@12:00 The Makemakes did not just come together for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, but have been performing with each other as a band for already a while. They are not only three artists but also three friends - that’s what the Austrian entry is about. Together, the singers literary go through fire.
@12:20: Electro Velvet representing the United Kingdom with the song Still In Love With You had their first rehearsal at the Wiener Stadthalle. Have a look at our stage gallery.
@13:30 The protagonist of the French entry is a woman who comes back to her village and tells about a story she’s been through. The place where she lived is destroyed. At the beginning of the song, singer is full of rage and sadness. But the woman doesn’t want to remain passive. She wants to lead all those around her to get courage to make joy, habits, and life back in the village what she also manages in the end - nature appears on the backdrop again. Watch Lisa Angell's extremely powerful performance.