I wasn't actually planning to do a reaction post on tonight's Eurovision semi, but just to send a very, very clear message to the person who has spent today trying to tell me what I can and can't write about on my own blog, here are a few quick thoughts -
1) Estonia had the best song, but Russia had by far the best performance. I said last night that I didn't think we'd see the winner tonight, and that probably still holds true, but I do now think Russia have an outside chance.
2) My prediction was reasonably OK - I got 8 out of 10 right. However, I was kicking myself for not picking Serbia, because it suddenly seemed such an obvious qualifier as I watched it. The other qualifier I didn't pick out was Hungary, which I thought would be too low-key to make it through, but I'm delighted to be proved wrong.
3) I don't know if they ran out of time at the end, but the results segment was just about the flattest I can ever remember in a Eurovision semi. The presenters rattled through it at breakneck speed, and didn't seem to be showing much of an interest in what was the most important part of the whole show.