I ran out of the hall because …

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… it’s 4.25 on day one, and Ireland were rehearsing – that in itself was a terrifying experience, but to follow that, we have – CYPRUS!!!

It’s not my choice of two decent songs in a row to do anything to – but hell – its a bit rum at the moment.

Ireland … Well as my mother used to say – if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all – so I won’t. No, I want to respect that advice, but … It is as dismal as I expected – slow, dreary and uninspired. (Un)Fortunately, it does have one redeeming feature – it’s slightly better than anything else in this part of the show and as such could well do OK (shockingly) – but we live in hope.

Now I have retired to the press center and left Nick to cover Cyprus – but I fear his connection is screwed, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens