Lots of things have gone on that I Can't tell you about, suffice to say that Porridge is lovely and Norman Stanley Fletcher needs company.
What a televisual treat for the eye and ear last night was. I don't think that I have seen a better Semi Final in the Eurovision than this. It had everything you could wish to see. Bearded Ladies, Irish Failure, Some cracking songs and, overall, it was very very good.
Out of my 10 to qualify, I got 9 (yay). I'm not that disappointed Ireland didn't get through, there was a complete disconnect with the audience and even with the interview with your presenter, Kasey didn't seem to care that much and, frankly, it got the result it deserved. RTE Take note, change your selection process! Macedonia were unlucky too - they didn't do anything wrong, just disconnected. Lithuania is a shock no qualifier. They usually get through but I think that the Conchita factor stopped it from doing anything much. Georgia, again Is too complicated and not a shock.
Israel, however, shocked fans but not me. I saw this from moment one as missing something and when she minced round the stage to a song that is, lets face it, her shouting at me for 3 minutes in a bad way, there is an immediate disconnect. Mei clearly didn't have a song that the juries liked, and the televoters ignored her - as I knew they would. Fans, however, think its all anti Israel - no - it's anti shit songs. The IBA would be pleased though as they are being wound up this year so they might not be back.
So, then, onto Today - The running order as you have all seen by now is a bloodbath in the 2nd half. Will Sanna get though it and finish top half? - Will Conchita perform as strongly again? - Will the UK win? - Only one way to find out??
We're planning a 2pm live blog this afternoon and *maybe* a 9pm one, but that is under discussion but deffo a 2pm one ( thats 1pm in UK).
I'd best get me ready then.
P.S - Phil Explains it all - Part 4 - will be uploaded shortly!! 😉