Acts from the first semifinal will be on stage twice today. The final dress rehearsal is a ticketed event aimed at a family audience. This is ahead of the televised show that is broadcast at 21:00cet. By the end of tonight, ten qualifiers will have gained a place in the final. The press conference tonight is where the ten qualifiers will draw a position in either the first or second half of the grand final. Stand by for our editors’ predictions in an article later today. We’ll see whether our expectations or your judgements from last weeks’ preview semifinal show are more accurate with the decision tonight!

Semfinal 1: Dress Rehearsal 3: 15:00cet

Semifinal 1: Televised show:  21:00cet

Qualifiers’ press conference and draw: 23:30cet (approx)

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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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