The countries of the final had their first chance to rehearse on stage. While the other countries were able to have a little break, for example on one of the guided tours to the design centre Arabia. It is also famous for the glass design of Iittala. The tour was completed by a lovely and sunny boat trip to a small island where there was lots of time to relax or even to take a bath in a Finnish sauna! The team of eurovisionlive.com met the delegations from Iceland, Belgium and Latvia. Meanwhile there was the German singer Roger Cicero gave his first stage appearance here in Helsinki. Many journalists were avid about the song and the unusual jazz style of the German contribution. Roger is going to sing the last refrain in English, as he usually sings in German only during his concerts. The colors of the stage, the appearance is still unsure yet.
Tonight there is the big Welcome Reception in the Finlandia Hall. All participants are going to be expected there. Unfortunately the last countries in the appearance of the final have to keep their schedule – United Kingdom, Romania and Armenia will not have the chance to join.
Chief Editor of eurovisionlive.com
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.