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The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 – coverage

Tuesday 12 May – BBC Three at 8.00pm, Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final One

Paddy O'Connell and Sarah Cawood co-host the First Eurovision Semi-final live from Moscow. Eighteen countries compete in tonight's show, and UK viewers have the opportunity to vote in this evening's tele-vote.

Eurovision stalwart Paddy O'Connell returns for his sixth contest and will provide his own particular irreverent and knowledgeable commentary on the evening's proceedings, whilst Sarah Cawood will be backstage with this year's UK act, Jade. Other acts from the competing nations will be live guests during the evening. Tonight's show will also include a preview of Thursday's second semi-final.

Viewers will be able to email their comments about tonight's show direct to Paddy in his commentary box on

Countries represented in the first semi-final are: Andorra, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Iceland, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

Thursday 14 May – BBC Three at 8.00pm, Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final Two

Paddy O'Connell and Sarah Cawood co-host the second Eurovision Semi-final live from Moscow. Nineteen countries compete in tonight's event, including Ireland.

Paddy O'Connell again provides commentary, whilst Sarah Cawood will be backstage with some of Tuesday's qualifiers, as well as the United Kingdom's act, Jade. There'll also be an exclusive look at Jade's week in Moscow.

As on Tuesday, viewers will be able to email their comments about tonight's show direct to Paddy in his commentary box on

Countries represented in the second semi-final are: Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Friday 15 May – BBC Radio 2 at 9.30am

Ken Bruce presents his weekday morning show live from Moscow where he reports on all the on-stage and backstage Eurovision action.

Saturday 16 May – BBC One, Eurovision: Jade's Story

Andrew Lloyd Webber has a mission – to put the UK back on the Eurovision map. With expectations high, this show follows Jade Ewen from the moment she won the BBC's Your Country Needs You, through to her arrival in Moscow for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

From the excitement and emotion of winning Your Country Needs You we follow Jade – capturing her amazement the day after with her family, before being whisked off to Malta to sing live on their Eurovision show in a vast arena just a couple of days later.

Graham Norton guides viewers through Jade's journey which takes her on a whirlwind of interviews, TV appearances, recording studios and stylists, while the camera goes behind the scenes at the shooting of her music video and numerous TV appearances across Europe.

With Moscow looming does Jade have what it takes to make it at the biggest non-sporting event in the world? Along the way there's help from Andrew Lloyd Webber, coaching from Arlene Phillips and even advice – and some words of warning – from previous winners Lulu and Katrina.

So with the hopes of the nation resting on her shoulders in the vast Olympiyski Indoor Arena in Moscow and in front of more than 100 million TV viewers will Jade be able to claim It's My Time?

Saturday 16 May - BBC One and BBC Radio 2 at 8.00pm, Eurovision Song Contest Final

Graham Norton commentates for BBC One as 25 countries compete for the coveted title of Eurovision Song Contest winner 2009.

From each semi-final, ten countries will qualify. France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and host country Russia are automatically qualified to take part in the final.

Ken Bruce also presents coverage of the show live on Radio 2 from the Olympiyski Indoor Arena, Moscow.

Red button activity

By pressing the red button, the BBC is offering a sing-along for all three shows: both semi-finals on BBC Three (Tuesday and Thursday) and the Saturday night final – viewers will be able to enjoy the sing-along, quirky country facts and the chance to get their Eurovision party messages on screen.

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