Yes, it's that time of year again for Europe and the Europeans amongst us for the most watched show on earth (according to the BBC3 thing on earlier), so I'm starting the thread this year. It's probably the only thing I'll do around here anytime soon.
Anyway... if you don't want to get spoiled on anything about the contest beforehand, I'd suggest just skipping to the bottom of the page right about now. I don't give away that much, honest.
Semi 1, 14 May
Semi 2, 16 May
Grand Final (Big 5 + hosts Sweden), 18 May
We have a lot of ballads this year. I think almost half the songs could be qualified as that. Some are good, some are not so good. Your mileage may vary depending whether you like Romanian, Hebrew, Italian or Estonian (seriously, a fair amount not in English also this time round) being belted at you.
The good news is that there isn't anything offensively awful. To my ears that is. And there isn't much kitsch. Greece is the only thing approaching novelty and it's rather fun, being called 'Alcohol Is Free'. Make financial jokes at your leisure.
The current faves with bookies are Denmark, Ukraine, Norway and Russia I believe, with Georgia and Azerbaijan sneaking in there.
Personally, I have a few favourites myself; Ukraine's Disney-esque midtempo complete with Avatar-style music video, Moldova's Romanian ballad supreme and Montenegro's foray into dubstep-rap (far far better than it sounds). Also Bulgaria, Norway, San Marino and Germany.
Side note: I'm British myself but I honestly don't care how we do, we have Bonnie Tyler representing us but the song is nothing compared to the stuff from the peak of her career in the 80s and just goes to show even more how we need to wisen up and send something modern like near everyone else. Can't blame it on political voting anymore (not like you could blame that much before but I digress).
So.. if you have listened to the songs beforehand (which I strongly recommend for maximum enjoyment) which are your favourites, who do you think will win, and is this opening post too long and geeky?