... before it all starts again in Belgrade! Last year this time it was already in full motion in Helsinki as the dates were earlier than this year. And that makes me wonder once again: Why on earth they decided to have the contest earlier than usual last year when it was up north? Besides, the weather sucked big time... unlike this year. It's been around +20 and sunshine non stop for a week now! Just imagine this weather last year.... instead we got frost at night and rain and practically froze to death every night! Now we run around here in shorts and t-shirts...
Anyways, it all starts on Sunday May 11 at 9am when Montenegro takes the backstage and then moves on to the stage at 9.30 and after their 40 minute rehearsal to the viewing room and then finally to the press conference at 11.05. Norway concludes the first day and their press is scheduled to finish at 18.15. On Monday we go through Poland to Greece. Finland rehearses at 14.30-15.10 with their press at 16.05-16.35. Tuesday it's time for the second semifinal countries from Iceland to Belarus followed the next day by the rest, Latvia to Portugal.
Thursday to Sunday sees all the semifinalist with Big4 rehearse again, no longer strictly separated by different semis: Montenegro to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday and Armenia to Switzerland on Friday (Finland at 12.00-12.30) and Czech Republic to Denmark + Big4 on Saturday and finally Georgia to Portugal + Big4 again on Sunday.
Dress rehearsals for the semifinal 1 are on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20.
Dress rehearsals for the semifinal 2 are on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22.
Dress rehearsals for the final are on Friday 23 and Saturday 24.