The delegations of the finalists (Latvia, Romania, Moldova, etc.) went on a lovely boat trip to three gorgeous tiny islands: Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Everyone could relax and enjoy a Greek holiday.
In the arena the semifinalist had to be on stage for the first and second dress rehearsal. The rehearsals are open to the public and tickets can be bought. Now the artists have the chance to watch their contenders' songs and shows. Due to tight schedules many artists did not have the chance for that.
The intro of the semifinal is showing Greek God's who are singing old Eurovision songs. The Greeks are having many practical experiences while creating the ceremonies for the Olympic Games. Maria and Sakis are appearing fresh and young, no boring studied phrases like last year. Maria is changing her dress several times and Sakis is singing his "Shake it". In the Interval Act you will the compulsory folkloristic part - dancing Greeks!
On a special press conference by the EBU the new voting procedure of the final has been explained thoroughly. When a country is being called the points from 1 - 7 will appear slowly after another graphically show on the scoreboard and then the spokesman will announce the votes of 8, 10 and 12 points. You can see immediately who has given whom
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About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.