Latvia's PeR were/was first on. I've always got on with my Baltic brethren but they try your patience sometimes. They mean well, but, seriously, who's going to vote for this? They can't even rely on Phil's UK of stuff who likes to vote for quirk. The highlight was the piano on a stick.
San Marino's rehearsal drew a massive crowd in the cinema and I don't think it disappointed. She sang it as it's meant to be sang. She stopped part way through one attempt for some unknown reason. Her outfit change did the job and it was, all in all, very good. I realise that some quarters see this is wanfank. Or this year's Thane erotas. But I'm going to stick my perfectly formed neck out and say it will qualify.
I tried to pay attention to Macedonia (FYR), but it's lost something for me. Lozano needs to sing in Macedonian, not English. He needs to wear something instead of the red jeans as they do not help at all. Esma looks like you'd expect a Balkan woman of a certain age to look, but dressed up. Imagine Zdob si Zdub's granny but glamorous and you get the picture.
Finally this morning we saw
I'll be back with more stuff later.