Semifinal One: Predictions, Hopes, and Fears
It’s hard to believe that the First Semifinal is upon us. After a week and a half of rehearsals, press conferences, interviews, partying, PR plugging, and promotional performances, the moment has arrived. After tonight, eight delegations will be researching their early flights back home from Heydar Aliev International Airport. I’ve had the chance to observe a trio of Dress Rehearsals (once from the Press Centre, and twice in the Crystal Hall itself), and here are my personal expectations and favorites for tonight’s festivities:
Following tonight’s running order, my prediction of tonight’s results are:
…Leaving Montenegro, Latvia, Albania, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, San Marino, and Austria in the dust, left to languish in the annals of Eurovision history.
As for my personal hopes, I’d love to see the following entries pass into the Final…
…With the Swiss as an Honorable Mention.
And, for the record, if either San Marino or Latvia make it through to the Final, I might have to eat my own head, and if Montenegro passes to the Final, I might die of laughter as the fan-boys surrounding me fall into paroxysms of insanity. Needless to say, stay tuned!
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