We're getting there, folks.
Romania - A resistance favourite. He's a cheeky little Geordie is David Bryan - the No1 karaoke singer in Romania. Someone mentioned that Hotel FM reminded him of Top Gear. James May on piano anyone?
Austria - Nadine briefly showed up at the after show party last night, to much much applause. A more popular finalist is harder to find. She was faultless again, and got the bggest cheer of the afternoon. Vienna 2012 is a distinct possibility.
Azerbaijan - Ictimai are desperate to win the thing. Can they this year? I think Austria's song is a far superior ballad, sung by a far more competent singer. It ain't a winner.
Slovenia - Maja knocked Dana out of the water last night, and I suspect she now has Nikki in her sights. She's bound to win.
We now go back to the Groon Reem - actually some football terraces behind the stage. You know the drill, wote wote wote, and buy the CD, DVD and Blu-Ray disc.
Iceland - Back to sheer unadulterated pleasantness, but the nicest guys in town. It would be a fairytale if they won and it isn't beyond the realms.
Spain - Our final Big 5 member (or in French, le Big Five) comes on after a little pregnant pause. Make that a long pregnant pause. The poor girl has been waiting since 1066 it seems to get up on stage and sing in a nice sparkly pink dress (Daria Kinzer take note). It's all very summer but I still don't get it.
Ukraine - I used to love Take Hart, and this brings back so many memories. It's only this time I've realised what Mika's wearing. On balance this did probably deserve to make the final. She's a great singer. And I never forget to share my heart.
Serbia - The resistance likes Nina. Still looking very good. Not sure about the sound as some sort of alarm is going off. Apparently some little scamp had been smoking in the toilets.
Georgia - Finally, some little children in the postcard introduce Eldrine. Another resistance favourite, not least because of the prospect of a seaside contest in Batumi. A different way to end the contest.
Good luck to everyone tomorrow night.
Thanks for reading. The resistance is off to infiltrate a boat tonight, maybe with a tale or two to tell tomorrow.
Enjoy your evening.
So we're now less than 36 hours before we know who'll win. It was an interesting show last night. We had no real surprises, Dana flounced home in a big huff, and we know Ireland will not win Eurovision.
Nick posted his views on the draw (below), so I'll try and add some little words of wisdom too. I maintain Ireland will not win because Jedward are drawn next to Sweden so they'll cancel each other out. Hungary might benefit from this. Switzerland has a very good draw before the contrasting song from the UK. The pretty girls from Austria and Slovenia may well dilute any effect Azerbaijan may have.
Iceland has a plum draw and cannot be ruled out. And then there's Georgia who finish the contest with a flourish rather than a whimper.
The fact that viewers can wote from the start of proceedings may affect things. Also, the demographic who watches on Saturday is likely to be more than the die-hard Eurovision geeks that make up the bulk of the audience on the first two shows.
In short, we just don't know who's going to win. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that this isn't the poorest Eurovision for years. It's just very different, that's all. We don't have a really strong contender (like Norway 2009) which should make things far more interesting. The EBU want to make it as exciting as possible so there's rumour (I stress the word rumour so i could be wrong) that they may adjust which order the wotes are called in, just to add to the suspense.
I'm about to watch the first dress rehearsal for the final, so I may post some more musings during the show.
1 Finland 13 Switzerland 2 Bosnia-H 14 United Kingdom 3 Denmark 15 Moldova 4 Lithuania 16 Germany 5 Hungary 17 Romania 6 Ireland 18 Austria 7 Sweden 19 Azerbaijan 8 Estonia 20 Slovenia 9 Greece 21 Iceland 10 Russia 22 Spain 11 France 23 Ukraine 12 Italy 24 Serbia 25 Georgia