Marco for Italy up next and I had another goosebump moment. His vocal is soaring and he's playing around with some of the lines especially the 'stupidi' one and that's working a treat. He also walks down the catwalk for the ending which I'm not sure is necessary but I guess it's a way to make engage more with live audience. This has to be an absolute jury sponge for its simplicity and if it follows something gimmicky on Saturday could easily see Italy in the top 5. His press conference was mad. He is a bordering between nervous and mad but actually came across better than I'd imagined talking about Italy's absence from Eurovision and how he hopes the simplicity of the song and the message will be understood.
I'm battling with tiredness today but am powering through with coffees and chocolate balls. Semi two dress rehearsal at 5 so will watch from the press centre as the arena is closed to press for this one to allow the school kids who've helped at the early technical rehearsals a chance to see the live show.