Final remarks after the final

It was a pity Andres Putting wasn’t around to take our picture, but we did our best in iPhone blue.
Time to face the facts: Eurovision season is over. We have again started wearing cotton and going to sleep before midnight, there is not a cheesy Georgian bread in sight and no journalist has contacted us for a comment all day. All that is left are tons of good memories and our gelnails, that apparently never go away. Should have googled this before entering that nail salon in Kyiv, but at least pink and turquoise is in fashion.

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Some thoughts before the grand final

When we discovered the mask didn’t work, we decided to make use of the second largest Norwegian symbol: Our flag. Pic by Thomas Hanses/EBU

Hooray, it’s the national day of all fans: The day of the Eurovision final! As always it is a day of conflicted emotions, as it is also the last day of two weeks of fabulous celebration and partying with amazing artists and fans from all over Europe and Australia. And we have to leave the fantastic city of Kyiv tomorrow, which will be like leaving the newfound love of our lives. Also, we think the hunky guys at the fabulous Druzi café will miss us coming in every morning to cure our carefully crafted hangover with two eggs and an avocado smoothie and more black coffee than any Ukrainian has ever been able to order in one day.

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Second Semi Final in Kyiv Tonight!

– GEE, why did I score only 5 points on your Hotlist? Pic by Andres Putting, EBU
It’s time to pick our 10 favorites to qualify for the final from the second semi-final. After countless vodka shots at Euroclub last night we’re perhaps not in a state where it’s advisable to make any sorts of decisions, but whatever, here we go! To read our reviews, just click your way through the list. Continue reading

What we noticed in the dress rehearsal for semi final 2

– Can you see my fellow singer? She seems to be lost on stage somewhere! Pic by Andres Putting/EBU
Time to get ready for dress rehearsal for semi final 2. As you probably know, there are two of them following each other, and the last one of them is the jury final, which the jury votes are based on. However, that crashes with our very important party schedule, so we can only cover the first one. This is what we noticed:

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Semi final 1 – awards of the evening

Australia is a little bit outside of the rest of Europe. Makes perfect sense. Pic by Thomas Hanses/EBU
Yay, tonight was fabulous, regardless of the fact that Finland and Iceland didn’t qualify. But let’s just blame that on Vladmir Putin for now. The arena is smaller than last year, and that makes it more fun for the audience. And that gives us quite a few awards to hand out:

Best jacket buttoning of the evening: Sweden’s Robin. We are so proud of you for managing to button your jacket all by yourself, darling.

Best superpower eyes of the evening: Australia’s Isaiah. If anyone tries to do anything scary in or around Eurovision, just let Isaiah have a look at them, We assure you, they’ll all turn nice in a second.

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Awards of the evening: Israeli party

So many freebies at the Israeli party. Even a trampoline!

Yay, yesterday was our first party at EuroClub. And what more appropriate than to attend the Israeli party, where they had great falafel, tons of performances by various artists and the best host ever to be seen on a stage in Kyiv. This is the one day a year where we are allowed to love Israel unconditionally, and we make good use of it, of course. Also, it was very good to do some dancing after stuffing our faces with at least half a kilo melted cheese in a Georgian restaurant.

We have some awards to hand out:

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Fan of the day: Ingmar Van Bloois

As we gather in Kyiv, we meet a lot of great fans in all their gloriousness. But we shall not forget some of the most important fans are at home, following it all on their various screens. Time to present one of our favorite readers and Eurovision fans: Ingmar!

– Name, age, occupation, where are you from (we will welcome alternative facts here if needed)?

– My name is Ingmar van Bloois, I’m 25 years old and I live in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I work as host in a health facility and besides that, I’m proud member of the board at the local and one of the eldest LGBTI-associations in the world, COC Rotterdam.

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What we noticed in the dress rehearsal for semi final 1

– Did you hear the GEE girls are finally in Kyiv? Do the happy dance! Pic by Thomas Hanses/EBU

Yay, we are officially installed in the press center, where great things have happened, aka the first dress rehearsal for the first semi final. We decided to ditch the jury final for this one as it crashes with the party of our dearly beloved Israel and a carefully planned meeting with a movie producer from Hollywood. But we’ll give you the highlights from the first one, as seen in the press center.

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What we noticed in the rehearsals

Boiled lobster. The latest trend from the food fashion capital of Europe, Tblisi Pic by Thomas Hanses/EBU
Yay, we got through the first couple of rounds of rehearsals and it was as fabulous as expected. We haven’t been following them as closely as we’d like to, as we have had the constant disturbance from our day jobs to deal with. But that’s about to change as we pack our polyester and head for Kyiv first thing tomorrow. And we did notice quite a few things all the same, of course. Here are the highlights:

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