The 2017 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has come to the final week now. On Tuesday we will already have the Semi Final 1 and on Thursday the Semi Final 2, hence on Saturday we will be awaiting the Grand Final. The days of extensive rehearsals are over. From now on the full dress rehearsal of the Semi Final 1 will be rehearsed for three times. The first one is set on today’s afternoon which is open for the press, then followed by the Jury show, where the jury members of the 18 participating countries plus Italy, Spain and United Kingdom will make their final decision. Tomorrow afternoon there is the last dress rehearsal, which is also be called “Family Show.” Only ten countries of the Semi Final 1 will get a ticket for the Grand Final.
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About me: My first Eurovision Song Contest I watched behind the walls of the former GDR in 1987. This was even possible at that time! Since then I am following the ESC every year on TV. In 2004 I had the chance to watch it live in Istanbul. Due to the fact that Jens and Bernd have collected many interviews, photos, etc. the idea came up to show all this contest to the public. We founded the website eurovisionlive.com and we have been one of the first to offer the medium internet for the Eurovision Song Contest.