The first semifinal countries have finished their technical rehearsals and we go on with the second semifinal and first is of course Bosnia-Herzegovina. And it's a perfect start, all looks and sounds great. The back screen looks pretty in red velvet that turns into the children's carousel and some hearts every now wand then. They have further polished their act dropping more of the weird steps and stuff and it sure does look like a winner. All is fine. If there will be a close run and several countries in the running for victory like in 2003 this will be one of them. And may end up doing Turkey at the last vote.
Austria follows with another strong contender. The Austrian Mireille Mathieu surely can fill the arena with her voice and carry this tune that may not be the greatest to the final just by the power of it. Beautiful. Austria is back with a bang and in final.
From one great voice to another when the Netherlands take the stage. They are wearing their mafia suits to the final and apparently have fixed some camera shots and lightning issues and it's a good solid performance. Maybe a bit dull but... A borderline qualifier but I'm afraid they are once again stepped over by the usual Armenias and Greeces. And I still wish they would have sung in Dutch as it sounds so wonderful!