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!!!!