Artists performing in the Eurovision Song Contest walk the red carpet in Stockholm, kicking off a week of competition culminating in Saturday's grand final. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Contestants from 41 European countries and Australia walked the red carpet outside Stockholm's Royal Palace on Sunday (May 8), kicking-off Eurovision Song Contest week, which culminates in the grand finale on Saturday (May 14). Sweden is hosting the competition after Mans Zelmerlow won last year's competition in Vienna with the electro-pop ballad "Heroes". Hundreds of fans had gathered outside the palace to catch a glimpse and perhaps say a few words to the contestants as they arrived to the EuroClub which has been set up just in front of the palace especially for the contest. The draw to determine in which half of the grand final the Big Five and Sweden will perform in also took place on the red carpet. The so-called Big Five - Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain - as well as the hosting country, Sweden - qualify for the final automatically and do not compete in the semi-finals. Only 26 countries will compete in the final which means 16 acts will have to leave the competition after the two semi-finals held on Tuesday (May 10) and Thursday (May 12).