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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-05-21
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Eurovision 2008Greece in the Finals!
20 May 2008 23:59:00
By Betty Savourdou
Kalomoiras "Secret Combination" made it to the finals and "unlocked" the door for Greece! With a stunning presentation, on Tuesday night, the Greek entry raised enthusiasm and won the ticket for the finals taking place next Saturday. Other countries that made it to the finals are: Romania, Bosnia & Herz, Finland, Russia, Israel, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Poland and Norway.
The first semi finals of Eurovision 2008 were completed successfully on Tuesday night with the record-number of 43 participant countries.
20 cameras covered the event under the observance of Sven Stoyianovich who had also directed Eurovision 2005 in Kiev.
The show opened with the angelic voices of a childrens choir and musicians dressed up in white played sounds from Balkans. Dancers with the national colors of Serbia danced on stage while on the background, big colorful flowers appeared.
And then the hosts of the night Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović, came on stage wearing official cloths. It must be noted that Betty and Mathilde Maggira were the commentators for Greece.
Finally all participants came on stage:
1. Montenegro: Stefan Filipović - "Zauvijek Volim Te" 2. Israel: Boaz - "The Fire In Your Eyes" 3. Estonia: Kreisiraadio - "Leto Svet" 4. Moldova: Geta Burlacu - "A Century Of Love" 5. San Marino: Miodio - "Complice" 6. Belgium: Ishtar - "O Julissi" 7. Azerbaijan: Elnur & Samir - "Day After Day" 8. Slovenia: Rebeka Dremelj - "Vrag Naj Vzame" 9. Íorway: Maria - "Hold On Be Strong 10. Poland: Isis Gee - "For Life¨¨ 11. Ireland: Dustin the Turkey - "Irelande Douze Pointe" 12. Andorra: Gisela - "Casanova" 13. Boznia & Herz.: Laka - "Pokušaj" 14. Armenia: Sirusho - "Qele, Qele" 15. Netherlands: Hind - "Your Heart Belongs To Me" 16. Finland: Teräsbetoni - "Missä Miehet Ratsastaa" 17. Romania: Nico & Vlad - "Pe-o Margine De Lume" 18. Russia: Dima Bilan - "Believe" 19. Greece: Kalomoira - "Secret Combination"
The Greek entry was totally explosive!
Kalomoira performed cheerfully Secret Combination- accompanied phonetically by Victoria Halkiti and Nektarios Georgiadis. Kalomoira and her dancers won the impressions as they danced impeccably the compound choreography of the song!
The scenery was amazing; a giant book-heart opened in the middle of the stage and Kalmoira came out of it, stunning as ever!
Her fuchsia dress was a special order by JLo: Jennifer Lopez Fashion House.
As it is already known, Ilias Ledakis was responsible for the stage scenery, Juliano for the choreography and Costas Kapetanidis for the technical organization of the Greek entry.
Time for Voting
After the presentation of the songs, the presenters gave the signal for the voting procedure to start. Viewers from 19 countries -Germany and Spain too- voted their favorite song except of course of their national entry by televoting .
The 10 countries that won the tickets for the finals were announced randomly as the televoting results will be announced next Saturday.
The two semi finals and the finals of Eurovision Song Contest Belgrade 2008 will be broadcasted by NET as well as by the Second Programme 103,7 FM and 1386 AM.
But you can also watch the two semi finals and the big Saturday's fiinal live in the official website of the contest eurovision.tv/live
Translated by Sofia Gartziou