I’ve been a very bad Eurovision fan…
Firstly, I completely missed the first semi-final on Tuesday night, as I had to attend a business event up in Edinburgh. A few sneaky glances at my Twitter feed showed me what I was missing. Some real FOMO there.
I caught up by watching the second semi-final on Thursday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, there were a few surprises (Russia failing to qualify, The Netherlands actually getting through?!) but mostly it was what I was hoping for.
Tonight, we have some friends coming over to watch the final with us, and I know it will descend into the usual madness:
- An attempt at a drinking game, where everyone forgets the rules three songs in
- Having to explain the Eurovision rules and the jokes to at least two or three people
- Having to explain how Israel and Australia are even part of the contest
- Attempting (and failing) to not take the voting too seriously
- Attempting (and failing) to not scream at the TV screen when Ireland fail to win
- Conducting a drunken post mortem where we all promise to attend next year
- And so on…
Our attendee line up this evening will be truly international: Irish, Dutch, Italian, French, British, American, which is always nice.
In terms of predictions, I’m notoriously terrible at this. But if you were holding a large plastic Eurovision gun to my head, I’d suggest the following will do well:
- Israel (mad chicken dance)
- Cyprus (copious legs and cleavage)
- France (heart-strings pulled)
- Spain (cuteness overload)
- Norway (smiling violin smarm)
- Moldova (off key sensory overload)
- Ireland (cute gays and lampost)
So let’s see how it pans out, how Lisbon does at hosting and how absolutely random the votes turn out. I’ll be pleased with a Spanish, French or Irish win. Nice songs, all.
Next year in Chisinau?