Our Verdict: Jury Final 2019

– We’re already three people here. The last thing we need is a camera man joining us (Photo by: Andres Putting)

The Grand Final is shaping up to be real corker of a show, chuck full of favorites in the first half, and come to think of it, the second half as well. Moreover, the national broadcaster here has been considerate enough to add a number of technical glitches and f*ck-ups which of course adds to the excitement.

Tonight is a big night where the jury will cast their votes, Italy will most likely once again do something to ruin their chances of winning, and we are of course in the Press Center to report about it. Buckle up!

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First dress rehearsal for the first semi-final 2019

(Photo by: Andres Putting)

Hurrah! We are finally present in the Tel Aviv Expo arena ready to give you our semi-final 1 reviews based on the first dress rehearsal. We started with some electricity problems. Maybe this was just a demonstration of what it feels like when your supply is cut, which is a common problem in some areas here, we’ve heard. But after a few minutes delay we were ready to go. Nu kör vi!

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What we noticed on the second day of rehearsals

Yay, we finished yet another day of rehearsals, and even though this is for the weakest semi final, there were some real fine moments. Here’s what we noticed while trying to catch up on the security situation in Gaza:

Belgium’s Eliot heard there were some missile attacks going on in the hood, so he decided to wear his life jacket onstage. One can never be too safe, we guess:

Pic by Thomas Hanses/EBU
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Our 10 Favorites in the First Semi-Final 2018

Clearly someone forgot to read the list of prohibited items in the arena. (pic by Andres Putting/EBU)

Hurrah! The day of the first semi-final is finally here, and it’s time for us to pick our 10 favorites. This is by no means a proper prediction, it’s the ten songs we would like to see go through to the Grand Final. And the best of luck to those who are trying to predict anything tonight, it will be carnage. As usual you can read our reviews by clicking on the links below. Enjoy the show tonight! Continue reading

What we noticed in the jury final for first semi final

– Where are you when we need you, Tahir? We are in desperately need of a plan here. And not the least some cognac for the Norwegian blogger ladies. (Pic by Andres Putting/EBU)
Yay, we are just done with the jury final for the first semi final and the juries must be having a hard time deciding, because there were some great entries in here and all artists did a great job. We’re super excited about the semi final tomorrow, and of course about the result. This is what we noticed: Continue reading

What we noticed in the rehearsals, day 2

In our Facebook support thing for our birthday, we collect money for a better telephoto lens for Andres Putting. We demand close-ups. Pic by: Andres Putting/EBU

Yay, another day of rehearsals is finished. We needed some time to recover after seeing Austria in leather, but can now quietly have a glass of port knowing no more artists ended up in the hospital today. Guess Lisbon got thos safety guidlines in place almost in time. Continue reading

Greece back in form

Those Greek national finals sound kinda fun. A few years back they hosted one in a shopping mall, with escalators serving as a stage backdrop, which tells us the Greek must have been pretty low on cash, which is hardly a surprise, but still impressively solution oriented. This year however, they didn’t even get around to organizing a national final before ALL ENTRIES but one ended up being disqualified. Including two entries being disqualified for not sounding Greek enough. A couple of others were kicked out when they failed to cough up the dosh needed to participate in the international final, and TA-DA, Yianna Terzi won on walkover. We can only conclude she must be very GREEK and very RICH, so good to have that all sorted.

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Greece <3 The 90s

Greece has had a bit of a bad run the past three years that culminated with failing to qualify for the Grand Final last year. Honest to God, we saw pigs fly around in Globen when all the ten envelopes were opened without the Hellenic sky-blue-white making its usual appearance. Although we must admit to have started to doubt Greece’s position as a dead cert qualifier after Argo’s song was released we still stared at each other in disbelief when it actually happened. Continue reading

First impressions from the first dress rehearsal of the first semi-final

Yay, we just attended the first dress rehearsal for the first semi-final and it is shaping up to be a fabulous show. Here’s our first impressions for you:

01 Finland Sandhja Sing It Away

We keep mixing this up with the Spanish song. Which is not a good sign in our book. Backing singers are sweeping the floor with their microphone stands. Hope they get paid by SVT.

02 Greece Argo Utopian Land

Those who think this won’t qualify are seriously deluded. Sporting steaming hot bloke who rips his shirt off towards the end. Opa!

03 Moldova Lidia Isac Falling Stars

We know we are entering into our final week psychosis when we look at each other in nodding approval for the Moldovan entry. If we can’t have Laika the lonely dog in space in Eurovision, at least we can have a hot cosmonaut doing a summersault on stage.

04 Hungary Freddie Pioneer

Stands on what appears to be a perfectly marbled entrecote, which is pretty great because we love a good steak! He’s quite beefy too, come to think of it. We’ll take him medium rare, thank you. Yum!

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Beefy Pic by Andres Putting/EBU
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