Semifinal one will be rehearsed twice on the stage today. The first is simply a practice run-through, the second is very important as it is the Jury Final for this semifinal. 50% of the vote for semifinal 1 will be decided tonight, as the juries around the 20 voting nations decide their ranking of the 16 songs. Along with the competitors in the show, Austria, France, Spain and Australia’s juries will vote tonight. The photo above shows the press prediction poll in the Wiener Stadthalle press centre; how accurate will it be?

Dress Rehearsal 1 : Press rehearsal: 15:00cet

The first dress rehearsal is a non-ticketed event, open only to press. We’ll be giving you live updates via twitter @escXtra, instagram and facebook, plus live commentary and analysis on our webstream and webchat at or

Dress Rehearsal 2: Jury Final:  21:00cet

Tonight we’ll offer the same same detailed coverage as during the afternoon, plus a written live blog, so that you’ll have the full lowdown on how the entrants’ performances and vocals held out under jury scrutiny.

During the day we’re looking to gather Eurostars past and present to join us on the webstream, starting this lunchtime with Moldova’s stars from 2010, Sunstroke Project!

Chief Editor: A non-schlager Europhile who's been doing this ESC writing malarkey since 2008, usually championing Eurovision's alternative or quirky offerings. My role at Xtra isn't too dissimilar from my previous life as a school teacher, but they're a well behaved class. Also responsible for dropping bum notes on a piano.

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