Today’s action at the Eurovision song contest will see 34 songs reduced to the final field of 27, as seven songs will lose out at the semifinal stage. The show times today are as follows:

Semifinal 2: Dress rehearsal: 15:00cet

Semifinal 2: TV show: 21:00cet

You can follow all the action live with escXtra via twitter, facebook and our live stream at escXtra.com/live or escXtra.com/live/mobile, where you can hear the rehearsals and shows together with our commentary and analysis.

The jury final has already taken place, so 50% of the result of this semifinal has already been decided. Excitement within last night’s jury final included a repeat performance from Portugal due to sound issues. You can read all about the jury show from last night here.

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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