Today is the day of truth. 28 countries will compete for the 10 open slots for big final on Saturday. The Finnish broadcaster is welcoming the European audience with icy and white-blue coloured stage, which is changing to warm spring colours accompanied by dancers with fantasy costumes. The postcards between the entries will show more or less funny stories. They are all typical Finnish in a different way – not as modern, as expected.
The Finnish newspapers have their clear favourites for tonight’s show: Belarus, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Andorra and Latvia. Our visitors predict Serbia, Turkey, Switzerland, Cyprus and Slovenia.
Only one candidate has already reached number 7 in the Finnish Top 10 single charts: DJ Bobo with “Vampires are alive”. It’s going to be a tough competition tonight: 18 countries will go back home, not reaching the final. Due to the press conference of the EBU, the rules will not change next year and there won’t be a second semi-final. The Eurovision Song Contest 2008 will be held on 24th May, 2008 and the semi-final on the 22nd. The EBU also considered a kind of World Song Contest in the future.
The semi-final will also be broadcasted via livestream on www.eurovision.tv --->
The German ambassador invited the German delegation to the embassy. Roger Cicero gave a special perfomance. Also Hanna from Finland sang her “Leave me alone”. The ambassador Dr. Hans Schumacher was obviously delighted and was wearing a typical Roger Cicero hat!
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