Vienna Blog Day 8

Vienna Blog. Words by Hass Yusuf, photos by David Ransted.

This blog is updated constantly throughout the day, so tune in for all the latest news as it happens.

Disclaimer: This blog is being written as things happen so please ignore any mistakes and go with the flow.

Just in case you missed yesterday’s blog, here my interview I did with John Karayiannis from Cyprus. Filmed by Robin Scott. Click here: http://youtu.be/THt0ExuVZXs

Click here for the interview. http://youtu.be/THt0ExuVZXs

And here’s my annual video blog touring the press centre, filmed by Robin Scott. Just click here: http://youtu.be/VtZs0K1H8lU

Here we go again!

Right, enough of me – let just quickly go back to the MEET & GREETS from yesterday.

At the Italian Meet & Greet, Il Volo said it was great to be back in the centre of Europe after their tour around the whole. They were very pleased with their first rehearsal, but want to change a few things for the second rehearsals. They still get butterflies before going on stage. They’re often compared to the Three Tenors, two of Il Volo are tenors and the other a baritone. But none of them are ready to be classical opera singers yet.

I completely missed the Austrian Meet & Greet as I was watching Electro Velvet. But I’m sure the Makemakes were fab and good fun.

At the Spanish Meet & Greet, Edurne sad she was most impressed by the stage – and she’s been performing on the stage form aged 9. Her message is to be brave in life – fight for your feelings to be free. No one is perfect.

At the German Meet & Greet, Ann Sophie could feel the passion that the vibe from stage gave out. She says to believe in destiny. It was a dream come true to be at Eurovision, especially as she wasn’t even meant to be here (as the inner from the German national final decided he wanted to go to Eurovision after all).

At the United Kingdom Meet & Greet, Alex and Bianca from Electro Velvet said it was worth all the hard work they had to do to arrive here. At this year is a party year (60th) for Eurovision, they wanted a fun party song. And they reminded us that there’s no set genre to a Eurovision win these days.

At the Australian Meet & Greet, Guy said he was over-whelmed by the stage – and he’s been on plenty in his career. He said the whole organization was a ‘well-oiled machine”. There were back-up people for back-up people in case anything went wrong. He felt the act was too big during the first rehearsals, so they plan to tone it down for the second rehearsals.

And I appear to have missed the French Meet & Greet as well. Well, it can happy, as loads of stuff is happening at the same time.

Time for some of David’s pics from the Meet & Greets.

Can you feel the big love from Il Volo of Italy?

Can you feel the big love from Il Volo of Italy?

Lisa from France is all smiles.

Lisa from France is all smiles.

It's The Makemakes of Austria getting all that tangled up!

It’s The Makemakes of Austria getting all that tangled up!

Ann Sophie of Germany has a rather long ear-ring.

Ann Sophie of Germany has a rather long ear-ring.

It's all smiles and tattoos from Guy of Australia.

It’s all smiles and tattoos from Guy of Australia.

Feel the love says Edurne of Spain.

Feel the love says Edurne of Spain.

It's a positive message from Electro Velvet of the United KIngdom.

It’s a positive message from Electro Velvet of the United KIngdom.

Just come from the first Dress Rehearsal! What a great show you’re all in for tomorrow night.

Tonight, we’re off to a special reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence.

But first, predictions from the gang here at the press centre.

Going through:

Hass Yusuf: Moldova, Armenia, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, Romania, Georgia.

David Ransted: Moldova, Armenia, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Serbia, Russia, Denmark, Romania, Georgia

Robin Scott: Moldova, Armenia, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Serbia, Russia, Denmark, Romania, Georgia

David Elder: Moldova, Armenia, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Serbia, Russia, Denmark, Romania, Georgia

Danny Lynch: Armenia, Belgium,  Finland, Greece, Estonia, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, Romania, Georgia

Elaine Dove: Armenia, Greece, Estonia, Serbia, Hungary, Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Romania, Georgia

Andrew Main: Moldova, Armenia, Greece, Estonia, Serbia, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, Romania, Georgia

Hmm.. quite similar! I would really like to see Netherlands and Albania in. And Finland my get through as well – though the juries may mark them down. Personally I think it’s more exciting when predictions are all wrong. It’s boring getting everything right.

Back tomorrow for David’s pics from the first Dress Rehearsal from Semi-Final One. And then it’s the live show itself.

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