I was remarkably surprised that I managed to hit the nail on the head for 8/10 of the qualifiers from Tuesday night's semi final. That means I could still better last year's attempt but that would require a full house from tonight's second semi. I mean, it's not impossible but it's not particularly likely either. … Continue reading Semi Final 2 Predictions: Sublime to the Ridiculous
So, this last few days have been fairly momentous for this year's Contest. We've seen one of the most cut throat semi finals in this current era reducing our number from 43 to 34. After all the build up there were no real massive shocks in terms of the big favourites. All the countries high … Continue reading Day 9 & 10: Unviable Venue Views & Silly Semi Final 2
So I'm writing this approximately ten minutes after the end of the show. And what a show it was. I was in the arena for all the songs and the live vocals were amazing. Mostly. Admittedly it wasn't great being in the arena when you couldn't see past the massive bank of photographers and you had … Continue reading Semi Final One: What Did I Just See?
The night is finally upon us for the Eurovision Song Contest to properly begin. Well technically it began last night when the juries voted on the semi final dress rehearsal, so half the points are already locked in. In terms of telly though, tonight's the night. 10 will progress to Saturday night, 8 will fall. … Continue reading 7 Things to Look Out For in Semi Final One
Well, here we go. It's that time of year again. As we embark upon our first semi final tonight it's time to crack on with my predictions. Last year this was actually quite a straightforward task. Other than the surprise eliminations of Norma John from Finland and Koit and Laura of Estonia it was reasonably … Continue reading Semi Final 1 Predictions: Who The Hell Knows???
Apologies for the lack of update yesterday, it feels like we're in a slight lull period before everything seriously starts to ramp up. Yesterday started with doing my laundry. I know, it really is all glamour here at the Eurovision Song Contest. Later that day saw the 'blue carpet' opening event on the coast. Blue … Continue reading Day 8 & 9: Slowly, Slowly Catchy Eurovision
Much has been said of the musical diversity we've been treated to this year. Perhaps we're going to get a Eurovision like no other in Lisbon. However, I would argue that isn't strictly true. You only have to go back 12 months to find a lot of entries from 2017 have actually popped up again … Continue reading The History Book on the Shelf
Today marked a very important day in my first Eurovision bubble experience. Today...we went to the arena. Now this is not my first Eurovision completely. I was lucky enough to be in Stockholm for a week back in 2016 so today was not my first time walking into a Eurovision arena. However, today marked the … Continue reading Day 7: Stepping into the Ring
Busy day for us all here in the press centre, hence why the daily blog is being posted a little later than normal. Busy day for me individually too. Earlier I posted the reasons why we should all get behind the UK act, SuRie as well writing up my experience of these first few days on … Continue reading Day 6: Solid Start for Surie, Poignant Portugal & all the Feels for France
Later today the United Kingdom will take to the stage for the first time in preparations for this year's Contest. SuRie will get her first taste of the Altice Arena as she and the other automatic qualifiers rehearse their numbers for the very first time. Regardless of what happens next Saturday night (8pm, BBC1 for … Continue reading Your Country Needs You: 7 Reasons to get Behind SuRie