Vienna 2015

For all the news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

Semifinal 2: Jury final

Semifinal 2: Jury final

Welcome back to the Wiener Stadthalle for this evening’s jury Final for semifinal two. Seventeen acts will perform, with 50% of the vote being decided tonight by juries in 21 countries. As always, keep up to date with all the goings-on via our livestream at escxtra.com/live, on Twitter and at our Facebook page.
Semifinal 2: Exit poll after dress rehearsal

Semifinal 2: Exit poll after dress rehearsal

Earlier today we had the first dress rehearsal of semifinal two, performed to a packed audience of thousands of families and children. We took advantage of this and sent our roving reporter Edward Montebello out into the crowds after the show to hear the first reactions of the man (or woman, or child) outside the hall about the hopefuls battling to take one of the remaining ten spots in Saturday’s final. Check it out below
Day 10: The Big 7 rehearse again

Day 10: The Big 7 rehearse again

It’s the start of the longest day in the Eurosphere as we have two dress rehearsals for the second semi-final, but first off, the automatic finalists are taking to the stage for their second runthrough before drawing their starting half for the grand final. Follow all the action on our live stream at www.escxtra.com/live or www.escxtra.com/live/mobile, on our Twitter, @escXtra, or in our live blog of proceedings below. We will also be uploading rehearsal videos to www.youtube.com/escxtra so look out for those.
First ten countries qualify!

First ten countries qualify!

After an exciting show and a rushed announcement, ten countries qualified for Saturday’s Grand Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. As expected, fan favourite The Netherlands failed, as well as the most discussed act this year, Finland. Find out who qualified below! These ten have also drawn in which half they’re going to perform in the Grand Final. You can also find that out below! In alphabetic order: Albania – Second half Armenia – First half Belgium – First half Estonia – First half Georgia – Second half Greece – Second half Hungary – Second half Romania – Second half Russia – Second half Serbia – First half That means FYR Macedonia, The Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Moldova and Belarus failed to qualify. On Thursday, seventeen more countries will attempt to catch another ten tickets for Saturday’s show! Let’s look back at our own predictions as well. Our prediction was quite accurate: 9/10 qualified. We however had Denmark in, with Hungary missing out. The ones to have Hungary as a qualifier were Aoife, Edward, Nick, Rinor, Peter and Simon. That’s still half of the predicting team! If we look at individual scores, Simon and Rinor ruled tonight. They both scored …
Il Volo wishes Genealogy good luck

Il Volo wishes Genealogy good luck

Just a few moments ago, the Italian representatives, Il Volo, made a quick visit to the Armenian dressing room to wish Genealogy good luck. There seems to be quite a good vibe going on between these two groups, and the Italians didn’t want to miss the chance to show their support for the Armenians, who will be taking on stage this evening hoping to make it to the grand final on Saturday. It is no secret that friendships are formed in the Eurovision bubble that last for long. It would seem as though Il Volo and Genealogy clicked. So, are you joining the Italians in showing your love for ‘Face The Shadow‘? If so, you know all you have to do is vote 2 this evening.
Editor Predictions for Semi Final 1

Editor Predictions for Semi Final 1

Here are the predictions from our editors on who we think will qualify in tonight’s 1st Semi Final: AOIFE ALEKAS DAN EDWARD Albania Belarus Belgium Denmark Estonia Greece Hungary Moldova Russia Serbia Albania Armenia Belgium Denmark Estonia Finland Georgia Greece Russia Serbia Albania Armenia Belarus Belgium Denmark Estonia Georgia Greece Romania Russia Belgium Denmark Estonia Finland Georgia Greece Hungary Romania Russia Serbia LIAM NATHAN NICK RINOR Albania Belgium Estonia Finland Georgia Greece Moldova Romania Russia Serbia Albania Armenia Belgium Denmark Estonia Finland Georgia Moldova Romania Russia Albania Belarus Armenia Belgium Denmark Estonia Greece Hungary Romania Russia Albania Armenia Belgium Estonia Georgia Greece Hungary Romania Russia Serbia RODRIGO SIMON MAX PETER Albania Armenia Belgium Denmark Estonia Georgia Greece Romania Russia Serbia Albania Armenia Belgium Estonia Georgia Greece Hungary Romania Russia Serbia Albania Belgium Denmark Estonia Georgia Greece Moldova Netherlands Romania Russia Armenia Belgium Denmark Estonia Georgia Greece Hungary Romania Russia Serbia And with our predictions, here is the team’s combined list of qualifiers for the 1st semi final:
Day 9: Semifinal 1: Six acts to be eliminated tonight

Day 9: Semifinal 1: Six acts to be eliminated tonight

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) We’ll be giving you live updates via twitter @escXtra and facebook, plus live commentary and analysis on our webstream and webchat at www.escXtra.com/live or www.escXtra.com/live/mobile.    
The 2015 Eurostars Review

The 2015 Eurostars Review

Instead of bringing you eight separate articles with Eurostars Reviews, this year we’re bringing them all at once! escXtra.com has found nine former Eurovision entrants to review all forty entries this year! Without further ado, here are the names of our Eurostars – and what a panel it is! Two winners, two runner-ups and some fan favourites! Eurostar #1: Getty Kaspers Lead singer of Teach-In, the group who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975. Eurostar #2: Geir Rönning Norwegian singer who represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Eurostar #3: Nina Žižić The ‘secret’ vocalist in Montenegro’s 2013 Eurovision attempt, Igranka. Eurostar #4: Adrian Lulgjuraj One half of Albania’s 2013 duo, when he performed with Bledar Sejko. Eurostar #5: Marc Roberts He represented Ireland in Ireland’s Golden Age, the 90s, coming 2nd in 1997. Eurostar #6: Raymond Caruana Also a runner-up – as lead singer of Live Report in 1989. Eurostar #7: Csaba Szigeti Hungary’s second Eurovision entrant, with the catchy title Új Név A Régi Ház Falán. Eurostar #8: Per Herrey His name gives it away, another Eurovision winner, together with his brothers in 1984. Surprise guest #9: Giorgios Alkaios Famously represented Greece in 2010. He reviewed ten of the …
Semifinal 1: Jury final

Semifinal 1: Jury final

50% of the outcome of Semifinal 1 will be decided over the next three hours. Our editors will be tweeting @escXtra from the arena, plus the live blog below from the press room, where we’ll be watching exactly what the jurors see. Access this at www.escXtra.com/live or www.escXtra.com/live/mobile.  
escXtra exit poll – 1st semi-final

escXtra exit poll – 1st semi-final

Earlier today we had the first dress rehearsal of Eurovision week, as semi-final 1 was performed in its entirety for the first time. The audience was almost full with members of the public allowed to watch the show. We took advantage of this and sent our roving reporter Edward Montebello out into the crowds after the show to hear the first reactions of the man (or woman, or child) on the street about the hopefuls from the first semi-final. Here is what they had to say:
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