Ten more acts are poised to fight it out to secure a place in the Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. We'll be here again tonight from 8pm (UK/Portugal) - that's 9pm in Europe, 10pm local time to 'talk the shits' and generally help Europe (and beyond) work out which way to vote.
Mr Phil is in the hall and Mo will be luxuriating on a chaise longue while Demy's dancers drop peeled grapes into his mouth. Join us and pick holes in everything we say.
I too have an assistant to peel grapes in the frame of Tvs Mr Roy D Hacksaw who will feed me good!!
They are in the it box recording a piece to camera. Their box is behind us about 10 rows.
There is a DJ on stage. Pretending to DJ the PA….
Yeah mine :-). It’s a cracking song performed excellently.
Crowd are liking it and the Austrians are at the front. Let’s hope he doesn’t bugger up the high notes. He hasn’t so far.
Backing singers for Macedonia are off stage and there are 4 of them and the second backing singer is doing the work in the verses it seems from my seat.
Can’t confirm that though but it it might have been an assist from the backing singer. She really was singing and only one voice…
4 off stage backing singers for Malta too but Claudia IS singing the notes 🙂
No backing singers on my side for this one. I fear it might not need them though because all the action is on stage.
Sadly qualifying because it’s batshit!!!!
And next it’s 1989….
The Dutch have tapped into both sympathy and a hankering for the old days and you know what, it might just get through you know. It’s choreographed to within an inch but hell
Aaaanyway on with the songs. Hungary next. The crowd where we are are clapping along with this. Have we all misread the signs.
This is a very effective show and even the rap can’t take it down a notch and even though it goes on a little bit too long it takes nothing away. That’s a good un.
Denmark next. 4 backing singers off stage.
5 backers. Sorry. Can’t count.
Ireland are ninth. He’s got his cheering clack in the audience but I feel that there is a lot missing in the song for it to do any business in this bit. There is a dead feeling in the hall and his voice is grating as well. This has all the hallmarks of disaster but with decent intentions.
Just wait till mr fanning sees the next 7 minutes!!!
I wonder what spirits they were on when they agreed to sing this talking because I could do with some right now. Fans not actually going wild for this in the fanny zone at the front of the stage cos it’s actually shit. Energy yes. Song? Nah!!!
The hall is stunned into silence for Croatia.
Sorry is Norway on?? I’m still guffawing about Croatia, and that’s gonna be Europes feeling as well. That’s unfortunate.
It seems Big Bird has had a shat on her dress. This song is dull mind.
I love Belarus… this is fun and lovely and just what the contest needs. The crowd are singing along and it just looks like a riot of fun. I’m sure even Mr Fanning would be roused from grape peeling duties for a curly haired young lad???
Also. Backing singers went mental at the end of it.
Bulgaria next. This should be winning this semi final by a mile Kris is absolutely smashing the performance like he did last night. Two performances is all you need
Third last comes Little My from the moomins. Sport Fusedemarc. This is an in song from a woman that clearly sucks lemons for a living. The song starts well but goes nowhere fast. RDH thinks it’s qualifying. He’s wrong.
Estonia going big in the hall. Back in the game after rehearsal one???
Finally. Finally when it mattered Estonia pulled it together!!!! That’s sailing through on their silly boats.
And one of our housemates here has one of those twelve inch singles. He might not get it home.
So as IBA technically don’t exist and Kan haven’t started yet, it’s the stateless entry!!!
Imri and his gay club anthem are doing what they need to do. Also Imri is getting help from from a backing singer off stage as well on at least the verses.