I landed in Vienna yesterday and will return to the press centre this morning, where rehearsals start at 12noonCET (11amBST). The full schedule can be found here. You can expect the usual coverage on the site: tweets throughout the day (follow our Twitter account if you don’t already); followed by a daily article summarising how things are coming across on stage.
It’s a good time to remind readers of the article I wrote last year, which still stands as advice for following the various rehearsal reports. Take the second point – working out what’s important and what isn’t: last year the Netherlands’ staging concept turned out to be a prime example of something that was; whilst Conchita had an uncharacteristically moderate second rehearsal which was never repeated.
So be patient and independent as the differing reports come in. Ask yourself the following: if there’s an apparent problem, can it be fixed? If on the other hand, an entry is receiving largely positive coverage, is it a gamechanger or just exceeding expectations? Once again the only first rehearsal footage will be short clips put on the official site, eurovision.tv. Second rehearsals onwards can be filmed by various accredited sites.
Enjoy the next few weeks and keep the comments coming.