So I correctly picked eight out of the ten qualifiers in the first semi. The two I overlooked were Austria and Ireland, which is really odd, because those are genuinely two of my personal favourites. I should have had more faith, but I thought the Irish song would suffer from being low-key, and with Austria I don't think I got a full sense from the rehearsal videos of just how effective the staging was. The live vocal was superb as well. I still don't think Ireland will do any damage in the grand final, but Austria just might.
As for tonight, here are the ten countries I think will make it through -
Russia is my 'wildcard' pick out of that lot. Most people expect it to fall short, and it may well do...but Russia are the kings of political voting, and political voting at the Eurovision most certainly isn't dead.