Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I was frozen by the jingle of my keys at the door, as I got outside I smiled to the dog

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.


  1. James, I didn't know of your penchant for Euro vision, until I listened To the podcast you linked last week. Just for clarity, my comment on the previous thread wasn't having a go, it was an attempt at humour.
    This is your blog, you can absolutely write what you like! People visit because they like what you write, on the whole!

    1. No, don't worry, I knew you were just teasing. It's Mr Anonymous I'm referring to.

  2. You write what you want even though some of us aren't interested in this contest as it just affirms your integrity in interpreting other subjects sadly lacking in the mainstream media.

  3. Scotus/Jack BeckMay 19, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Gaw'n yersel' - - -

  4. I was surprised that the Albanian and the Armenian entries got through but as usual the song that I liked from Macedonia didn't.