After a year long waiting the Eurovision Song Contest will start tonight with the first semi final. 18 countries will fight for a slot in the Grand Final on Saturday. The big 5 countries (France, Italy, Spain, Germany and United Kingdom) and the host country Azerbaijan are already set for the Grand Final. So for eight countries it’s the final night tonight. Due to the time delay of 4 hours to the GMT the local time of broadcasting is 0.00.
The result consists of 50% jury and 50% televoting. The juries have already made up their minds on last night’s dress rehearsal. The televoting starts after all song have been presented, unlike last year.
The big favourites tonight are: Russia, Greece and Iceland. There will be a very oriental styled show with the utmost modernity, which shows a very cool image of the host country Azerbaijan, with lots of folkoristic elements and nicely made postcards.