Eurovision -2009 rehearsals
The first group of participants in the Eurovision –2009 song contest began dress rehearsals at Moscow’s Olympiysky sport complex on Sunday.
Representatives of nine countries who have made their way into the semis appeared on the stage at Olympiyskiy, informs ITAR-TASS.
The rehearsals took place from 9:30 a.m. to 16:50 p.m. The schedule is tough and each performer will have no more than 40 minutes. After the rehearsal contenders will give a new conference.
Thirty-seven countries will compete for the right to be in the final. The jury and the audience will select 20 singers. Besides, in accordance with the Eurovision rules, France, Germany, Spain and Great Britain as well as Russia, which is hosting the Eurovision-2009, have already reserved a place in the final.
Anastasiya Prikhodko, 21, will represent Russia this year. She will sing her song “Mamo” in Russian and Ukrainian.
The Eurovision-2009 song contest will officially open in the Manezh exhibition hall on May 10. The two semi-finals and the final will be held at the Olympiyskiy sport complex on May 12, 14 and 16, respectively.
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