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This is Moscow calling: What to expect?

02 May 2009 at 12:31 CEST

Earlier this morning, the first journalists from around the world walked into the Press Centre, which is directly connected to the arena. Channel One Russia, in cooperation with PR-agency SPN Ogilvy, and the European Broadcasting Union aim at providing media professionals with all facilities the need to cover the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest under the best possible conditions. Nearly 2,000 journalists from nearly 100 countries are expected to settle down at the premises in the next couple of days.

What to expect?

For the next two weeks, all the way up to the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on the 16th of May, will provide you with on-going coverage from the Olympiyski Indoor Arena, giving you an insight on the final preparations for the three live shows.

REHEARSALS & PRESS CONFERENCES • First of all, our editorial team will provide continuous coverage of the rehearsals and press conferences. All contestants will rehearse twice in so-called open rehearsals, and each rehearsal will be followed by a press conference. We will also make sure you receive the latest updates in your inbox through our mailing service. Haven't signed up yet? Check your MyEurovision settings page or sign up for a free account right away!

MULTIMEDIA • Our multimedia team will make sure you get a good impression of what's going on here in Moscow. Photo galleries and video reports will accompany our editorial coverage of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. By the way... you can access all our videos through the official Eurovision Song Contest channel on as well!

BEHIND THE SCENES • Only on, the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest, you will find behind-the-scenes reports that give you an insight of what it takes to organize Europe's favourite TV-show. Also, our editors will dive into the Eurovision Song Contest party scene, covering receptions and the many parties contestants plan to hold in Moscow's club scene or at the EuroClub, the official party venue of the event, which is situated at the Manezh venue near the world famous Red Square.

LIVE AND ON-DEMAND • will broadcast the two Semi-Finals and the Final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest live over the internet. Shortly after each show, you can watch is again and again, as often as you like, through our free on-demand service.

With, you won't miss anything from the rising tension in Moscow! Enjoy our coverage!