The postcards are nice, showing different regions of the country though in this run through they played the Albanian one for the first few songs before getting it right. Also the video of sights and sounds of Baku wasn't played in the arena, perhaps it's not ready?
The worst opening to a show for ages. He seemed pissed as he was mumbling and he couldn't get his arm through the guitar strap. Is he meant to be acting like this? SUNK
Jonsi wobbled slightly at the start but this is slick with a capital S. When they switch positions at the key change and the lighting changes I was beside myself. SAILING
This still seems a long 3 minutes to me and very plodding for what is supposed to be an up-tempo number. I'm worried for the Greeks. BORDERLINE
As a fellow blonde, I'm happy she's stuck with blue but added some diamonds to her frock and taken it in by a couple of sizes and up by several inches. The fanoraks love this and I have to say it's fun and flouncy and I'd never really got it until now. BORDERLINE
Second goose-bump moment here for me. I hope Europe feels it too. Simply stunning. THROUGH PLEASE!
A summer hit in the making this is looking and sounding great. People here think it's sailing through. There's something telling me it will make it, but not with ease. It's a bit circusy but it's instant enough and will hoover up the southern european votes. THROUGH
Seems dark and a bit dull after Romania though those pretty boys are giving it their all. I'm worried there are not enough votes for this genre and Hungary may steal some of theirs. BORDERLINE
This is simply and effective and there are votes for this kind of stuff. JUST THROUGH
Not accessible nor instant enough. Get a stronger wind machine love and blow yourself away. Boring, sorry Finalnd. SUNK
Jeff Goldblum with silly dancing and quirky camera shots. Mmm, quirky is most definately the word here. MISSING OUT
The patient is dead. You can stop CPR now everyone. SUNK
Quite delicately done for an up-tempo number. I'd never noticed that she's got female dancers and a male singer stage left helping her. It works! I think this is still peeing on Greece's bonfire though it's too dated for juries. JUST THROUGH
Zzzzzzzzzz, but she's got a nice voice. Jury-tastic. JUST THROUGH
Very wobbly vocally at the start. I am convinced the camera is zooming in on a message on the side of the oven that hasn't been revealed yet. I can't think of another adjective than charming but they are all it. SAILING
I loved this on audio before the contest, went off it in the previews season but now like it again. I think the lead singer carries it well and will be noticed by the juries. BORDERLINE
Visually much better. We really do see it all at this contest eh? But it's such a bad noise, someone call Austrian airlines, they need five seats on tomorrow's flight. SUNK
I'm slightly biased as I love him but this is a slick as you like fun and frolick. If I were his backing dancers, I'd let him ride me like a gondola too. Is he wearing jodhpurs? SAILING
Cue jokes about golden showers. It's all naff as you like but I'm liking the hair down look. The song is still flat for me but I think it's irrevelant. SAILING
So looking at all of the above, I think there are 5 definates...
then a large group of maybes and (in order of their chances) I think they are..
and the rest are sunk..
So that's got Belgium just pipping Hungary to the tenth spot but what do I know? I'm not convinced there is a place for Greece and Cyprus and would happily have either of the rockier ones from Hungary or Switzerland in Greece's place. But Greece ALWAYS qualify eh?
Enjoy the show everyone!