It’s time once again for the Eurovision Song Contest to return to our screens, as the second semi-final of this year’s contest gets underway this evening from the PalaOlimpico in Turin!

Eighteen more acts are set to perform for their countries, but unfortunately only ten can come back for Saturday’s grand final. It’s time to do this all over again!

Participants

The eighteen countries performing in tonight’s first semi-final are as follows. Click on the artist and song title to see our rehearsal review;

  1. 🇫🇮 FINLAND – The Rasmus – Jezebel
  2. 🇮🇱 ISRAEL – Michael Ben David – I.M
  3. 🇷🇸 SERBIA – Konstrakta – In Corpore Sano
  4. 🇦🇿 AZERBAIJAN – Nadir Rustamli – Fade to Black
  5. 🇬🇪 GEORGIA – Circus Mircus – Lock Me In (video unavailable)
  6. 🇲🇹 MALTA – Emma Muscat – I Am What I Am
  7. 🇸🇲 SAN MARINO – Achille Lauro – Stripper
  8. 🇦🇺 AUSTRALIA – Sheldon Riley – Not the Same
  9. 🇨🇾 CYPRUS – Andromache – Ela
  10. 🇮🇪 IRELAND – Brooke – That’s Rich
  11. 🇲🇰 NORTH MACEDONIA – Andrea – Circles
  12. 🇪🇪 ESTONIA – Stefan – Hope
  13. 🇷🇴 ROMANIA – WRS – Llamamé
  14. 🇵🇱 POLAND – Ochman – River
  15. 🇲🇪 MONTENEGRO – Vladana – Breathe
  16. 🇧🇪 BELGIUM – Jérémie Makiese – Miss You
  17. 🇸🇪 SWEDEN – Cornelia Jakobs – Hold Me Closer
  18. 🇨🇿 CZECH REPUBLIC – We Are Domi – Lights Off

Ten of the countries in tonight’s semi-final will qualify for Saturday’s final, following a combination of jury votes from yesterday’s second rehearsal and the result of the televote from tonight’s live show. Snippets of the performances from Spain’s Chanel with “SloMo”, United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder with “Space Man” and Germany’s Malik Harris with “Rockstars” will also be shown, with the full performances available on YouTube following the show’s conclusion.

The Show

As with the first semi-final, there will be a number of additional opening and interval act performances during the show.

The show begins with a backstage video featuring host Alessandro Cattelan, before the popular Italian presenter joins the stage in an ode to the Italian hand gestures that make up much of the day to day language of the host nation’s people. The performance will also feature a nod to TikTok, one of the major sponsors of this year’s contest.

The interval acts will see our other two hosts, Laura Pausini and Mika, show off their musical talent with two duets; “Fragile” by Sting and “People Have The Power” by Patti Smith.

Tonight’s final interval act will feature Italy’s 2015 participants Il Volo, performing “Grande amore”. Unfortunately, it seems likely only two members of Il Volo will be on stage, due to Gianluca Ginoble testing positive for COVID-19. He is set to join via video in the background of the performance.

How to watch the contest

There will be a live broadcast of the contest from the official Eurovision Song Contest channel on YouTube from 21:00 CET. Click HERE to watch from this stream. This stream is unavailable in the Czech Republic, Greece and the United States due to geoblocking.

There will also be a live broadcast from the official TikTok account for Eurovision, including additional backstage footage, as part of the EBU’s partnership with the social media company.

All participating countries in this year’s contest, as well as Peacock in the US, will broadcast the second semi-final. Click HERE to find out the local details of broadcasts in your country.

ESC United coverage

Make sure to stay tuned to ESC United as we bring #YOU all of the coverage surrounding the live show. Matt will be live from the press centre with a pre-show before the semi-final, and then immediately after the results are announced for all of the reaction as it happens.

#YOU can follow the live streams on YouTube HERE or on Twitch HERE.

Who are #YOU rooting for in tonight’s second semi-final? Where will #YOU be watching from? Share your thoughts with us on our forum HERE or join the discussion below and on social media!

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