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Eurovision Song Contest 2016: 1st Semi-Final! 
1st-May-2016 02:11 pm
Hetavision 2016: 1st Semi-Final!!!

Yo peeps! This is the AWESOME Kitty144 speaking! Did you all have a good year? I hope so! Also...YOU ALL READY TO 'COME TOGETHER' FOR THIS YEARS EUROVISION/HETAVISION EVENT?!? I know I am!

As you all probably remember Swedens entry 'Heroes' won last year so this years party is at Swedens house. (I wonder if the 'tradition' will continue of Denmark winning after Sweden XD?) And a lot has already happened: Bosnia & Herzegovina will return after a three-year absence(Hima~ Official art plz~), Bulgaria and Croatia are returning after a two-year absence(we sort-of have an official art of Croatia right?) and Ukrinae is back after a year absence.

Portugal won't be here this year since his national broadcaster did a bad job at promoting their music-based media as well as having a badly structured selection process. And you should pay your debts or you'll be forced to withdraw which is what happened to Romania this year. Poor guy. At least he can still cheer on his adorable little brother Moldova who will be preforming in the second round.

And guess who's back? AUSTRALIA!!!! Unlike before he won't go straight to the final but will participate in the 2nd Semi-Final.

And we (finally!) have official character designs for the Czech Republic and Slovakia! I can't WAIT for more official character-designs of the other participating country's to appear~.

Anyway, the 1st Semi-Final will be (Tuesday) May 10th at 21:00 CEST. For the time in your timezone, click here.

The 2nd Semi-Final will be on (Thursday) May 12th and the Final will be on (Saturday) May 14th.

For first timers:
'Heta'visoin is the name given to this event since it's us Hetalia fans watching the Eurovision Song Contest. Now, what's the Eurovision Song Contest? To make it short, it's a song contest that's been going on since 1956(make music not war). Country's that are part of the European Broadcasting Union are invited to compete(which is why coutntry's like Israel and Turkey can participate) (or exceptions are made, like with Australia). The contest used to be done all on one night but since there are so many country's participating there are now 2 semi-finals before the Grand Final.

How it begins: Each participating country has it's own selection/song contest first in order to pick it's contestant for the contest. Then, the contestants from those country's are divided in half and preform in which ever semi-final they're in and that country can vote in that semi-final(how each country votes/counts the votes varies slightly from country to country). The top 10 from each semi-final go on to the Grand Final.

The exception is for the Big Five(formaly Big Four) and the Host Nation. The Big Five are five country's that automatically qualify for the Grand Final: France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and Italy(the newest). There 'Big Five' have countributed the most financially to the contest so they were given special status(this isn't really a 'guarantee to win the contest' thing because since the introduction of this 'Big Five' in 2000, only Germany has won which was in 2010). Also, the Big Five can vote in the Semi-Finals but for only one of them.

And so in the Grand Final, all the winners of the Semi-Finals, the Big Five and the Host Country compete to win the contest. After all the preformances all of the country's, even the one's who didn't qualify for the final, vote on the winner and whoever wins gets to host the next contest.

This is not a RP, it's just a group chat. The purpose is to have fun and geek out to Hetalia :D.

EPILEPSY WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some of the country's preformances will feature flashing lights and may cause an epileptic attack on those who are sensitive.

1st Semi-Final Line-up:
Finland, Greece, Moldova, Hungary, Croatia, The Netherlands, Armenia, San Marino, Russia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Austria, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Iceland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Malta.

Where you can watch it:
If you are apart of the European Broadcasting Union you can watch it on your country's channel.
If you're not, you can watch it on the Official Eurovision site via the livestream here.

If you wish to watch interviews of the artists, dress rehersals, songs from past Eurovisions and more check out the Official Eurovision Youtube channel.
If you want to get the latest news regarding Eurovision check out the Official Eurovision Web Page where the livestream will also take place.
Although Romania will not be preforming in the contest, they did pick a song before they were forced to withdraw. It's 'Moment of Silence' written and preformed by Ovidiu Anton and you can watch it here.

And, as I posted last year I'm not very tech savy so do expect some errors/problems/me not knowing what I'm doing XD and more links are expected to appear once they become avaliable or someone posts them.

Don't forget to bring your snacks and drinks and I can't wait to see you all again!!!!
Opinions 
2nd-May-2016 05:35 pm (UTC)

ah yay! preparing snacks!



Edited at 2016-05-10 06:46 pm (UTC)
10th-May-2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
hej hej! 6w6)/ ☆★

i'm not feeling very excited yet honestly, mostly because i'm still irritated with the fact that we're hosting the thing. BLEH dumb sweden. dumb måns. but hopefully i'll feel more excited once the programme comes on :-P

it's nice that australia gets to participate again, though i wonder what it means for the future?!

i'm trying to prepare my snack... i'm drying peanuts (they've been soaked) to make peanut butter in my food processor. i guess i'm eating that with something i haven't yet come up with, lol. i don't eat processed sugar anymore, and some other processed foods, so i can't eat candy or crisps or soda for these events, which is boring! :-S
though if i can get myself to the store before the show, i might be able to get frozen berries to make "nice cream"! hmm.... gotta plan my time now....

Edited at 2016-05-10 03:01 pm (UTC)
10th-May-2016 04:06 pm (UTC)
I'll try to watch it if I can (any excuse to get snacks is great tbh)
10th-May-2016 06:47 pm (UTC)
THAT ICON THOUGH.
10th-May-2016 05:00 pm (UTC)
MY BODY IS READY!

I can't wait to see all of the new crossover fanart this year! You guys make this event the highlight of life! DON'T HOLD BACK.

;A; plweeze, I don't wanna be THE ONLY ONE posting art in the thread again! It makes me feel like an egotistical maniac.

Edited at 2016-05-10 05:01 pm (UTC)
10th-May-2016 05:03 pm (UTC)
AAAHH FINNY, HUNGARY AND ESTONIA!!
10th-May-2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Excited!!
10th-May-2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
An hour and thirty minutes left! Prep your snacks and drinks (also your laptop)!
10th-May-2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm back and so ready for this! (still in California lol)
10th-May-2016 06:30 pm (UTC)
THIRTY MINUTES BEFORE SHOWTIME!
10th-May-2016 06:33 pm (UTC)
Oh YEAH! Can't wait!

Also, I wonder if it's just me but I can only reply but not make an original comment? idk, it might just be me.

Edited at 2016-05-10 06:37 pm (UTC)
10th-May-2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
15 MINUETS PEEPS!!! Get your snacks and drinks ready~
10th-May-2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
Are you guys prepare your stuff? (BBC Eurovision tweets are welcome here!) FIFTEEN MINUTES LEFT!
10th-May-2016 06:47 pm (UTC)
Just wolfing down my dinner!
10th-May-2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
oh yes BATHROOM REMINDER! go fulfill your needs now so you don't have to wait in panic for a bad song!
10th-May-2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
Wow a year went fast...
10th-May-2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
They always seem too...
10th-May-2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
10 MINUETS!!!
10th-May-2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
I'M NOT READY I JUST GOT DRESSED I NEED SNACKS AND I'LL BE BACK IN A FLASH!

Also, hi everyone! It's been a while! :D
10th-May-2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Hi~!
10th-May-2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
5 MINUETS!!!!!
10th-May-2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
LAST FIVE MINUTES!
10th-May-2016 06:56 pm (UTC)
*legit crying* The world is so beautiful
10th-May-2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
So, first the opening ceremony with highlights from last year(not much, it was boring!!!!).
10th-May-2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
Did I arrive on time owo'?
10th-May-2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
Just in time~
10th-May-2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
GET PUMPED 2 MINUTES!!!
10th-May-2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
IT'S STARTED PEEPS!!!!!!!!!!!
10th-May-2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
TIME TO GET HYPE!
10th-May-2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
New default icon just for the occasion, I'm so ready.
10th-May-2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
*legit screaming*
10th-May-2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
HELP IM NOT SURE I WAS READY
10th-May-2016 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure anyone's ready for Eurovision...
10th-May-2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
UMFF MANS YOU SEXY MAN
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