Some thoughts and predictions:
- FULL MARKS TO THE AZERIS! It's certainly putting Azerbaijan and Baku on the map at last, and I'm delighted for the people, though not necessarily the government. They deserve their moment in the sun, and they're making a great stab at it. But it helps when you have the money: apparently it's the most spent on an ESC, by a long shot. It shows!
- WHAT HAPPENED TO ARMENIA? I would've loved to have seen how the Azeris handled Armenia in the contest. What happened here?
- THE UK ENTRY IS PERFECT FOR EUROVISION . . . 50 years ago. Although fair play to Engelbert for having the neck to go for it at, what, 76?
- DOUZE POINTS TO ALBANIA: while Lena hit the nail on the head, getting the song and look spot on for Germany two years ago, the Albanian singer does it this time round. What a song, and what style! A wild card, but I'm predicting it'll do well, even though it's probably far too good for the contest. It's one ne the juries will vote for, more so than the public.
- WHERE IS RUSSIA GOING WITH THE GRANNIES? Although I have to hand it to them for having the neck to enter them. Apparently there are two spares, in case anything happens to any of the six on the night. As a novelty act they certainly take the prize, but please . . . It's well-past their bedtime anyway.
- WE WION'T DO AS WELL AS WE THINK: All our pundits seem to think Jedward willl win, and while we may love them, and they certainly add to the gaiety of the nation -- and now the continent -- they really haven't a note in their heads. They may get the public vote, but national juries won't go for them.
- ALEXANDRA STAN SHOUD SUE BULGARIA. who ripped off her Mr Saxobeat backing track.
- NICEST BIT OF TALENT AWARD: Douze points to Hungary this time round, with Moldova and Malta folloiwing closely behind.
- SWEDEN MAY BE THE FAVOURITE, but it's too predictable and formulaic. I hope it doesn't win, and it doesn't deserve to.
- THE ROMANIAN SINGER NEEDS TO WEAR SOME CLOTHES: Luckily she didn't qualify, as Azerbaijan is a Muslim country.
- NICE SONG FROM ITALY, but Pixie Lott should sue . . .
- QUIRKY SONG OF THE CONTEST AWARD: Goes to Moldova, and it could do well as it's actually quite catchy.
- THE SERBIAN SINGER COULD BE GEORGE CLOONEY'S YOUNGER BROTHER. Not a compliment though . . .
- GERMANY ARE FINALLY ENTERING GOOD SONGS: What on earth is happening? Lena two years ago, and this year's one could very easily be a chart hit.
Any other thoughts or predictions?
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