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Peter's view on second final dress rehearsal

Posted on 2006.05.19 at 23:10
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Oh no!!  I am now completely confused.  This was a very good dress rehearsal and now it is very difficult to decide what will win.

So, here is a short review with any major chages on the first rehearsal.

Excellent opening to the show.. I will not give much away as it will be nice to have the surprise on screen.

Then Helena sings My Number one.

Switzerland - Nice Performance - Good opening song
Moldova - Good performance of an ok song
Israel - Again Eddie sold this well and stage and it went down well with the crowd.
Latvia   - No sound problems this time, performed well, nice applause from crowd
Norway - Not as strong as this afternoon but crowd loved it - Best reaction in the hall so far
Spain - Best performance by Las Ketchup so far but don't expect this to do very well
Malta - Really good performance from Fabrizio - Great reaction from the crowd
Germany - Very good performance , audience clapping along , great reaction in the hall
Denmark - Best performance so far from Denmark - This could take votes from Germany.
Russia - Excellent Performance.  He has number 10 on his T shirt this time!  Best reaction in hall so far.
FYR Macedonia - Excellent performance again
Romania - Best performance by Mihai by miles!!!! - This is now back up with the potential winners  I think
Bosnia & Herzegovina - Excellent performance but can it overcome the curse of singing after the commercial break in the final
Lithuania - An excellent performance, love or hate the song, not booed as much tonight
United Kingdom - Came over really well , better than this afternoon but hampered by singing after Lithuania.
Greece - In my opinion, best performance by Anna Vissi to date,  She is pacing her performances very well and is definitely in with a chance of winning for Greece again
Finland - A complete contrast to Anna Vissi and excellent reaction in the hall
Ukraine - Tina was just suberb again!
France - Virginie sang in tune this time compared to this afternnon. Not a great reaction from the audience though.
Croatia - Excellent performance . And an excellent reaction in the hall\
Ireland - A very good rehearsal but not as strong in my opinion as this afternoon
Sweden - The controversial performance where Carola hardly sang at all, saving the vouice for tomorrow.  I just hope no technical hitch forces the playing of the backup tape.
Turkey - Good performance, but not as good as this afternoon, this still has a chance of a surprise win though I think
Armenia - A nice performance to finish the show

After this we had Nana Mouskoiuri on to turn the sandclock  and then I left the arena to quickly do this review before heading to the Euroclub to beg for some drink tokens!

So, I will have to sleep on all this before sayiong who i think will win tomorrow night!!

Any comments or questions, please leave them below or email me at peter.walsh66@ntlworld.com



(Anonymous) at 2006-05-19 20:34 (UTC) (Link)


Just a question: what happens with the butterfly mascotte?any news from it?
Great job you're doin'.
Best regards from france (where eurovision 2007 won't take place i'm afraid!)
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-19 20:35 (UTC) (Link)
You really are the best commentator on ANY website. Even when you don't like a song you are fair and diplomatic. I thouroughly enjoy reading EVERY word you write. All the best and thanks for GREAT commentary.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-19 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
The fact that you are honest with your reviews, no matter your preferences is very much appreciated!

Thanks for the great reports!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-19 21:09 (UTC) (Link)

Bravo Peter.

Continue Peter your nice job!

At least you are also writing in this side,so why have an HONEST view!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-19 21:49 (UTC) (Link)


Thanks for all your reviews, I've been following them everyday. You really know how to explain everything for us fans who could not make it to Greece. Hope my country Malta does well!

Chris (Malta)
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-19 22:10 (UTC) (Link)


Dear Peter, thanks for your decent posts. You are (by far) the best of this site's team. I can't remember you insulting people, artits or countries as Keith loves to do - he comes across as a person so full of himself. Anyway, thanx.

Brad, an American werewolf in Athens :-)
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-19 22:15 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you love everything !!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-19 23:23 (UTC) (Link)
Excellent job my friend.
I liked your your humorous comment for sweden.
If you find a couple of hours go to lycabetos mountain to take some pictures (especially at night there is a magnificent view).
And for your final predictions please remember that with the Cyprus out of the game greeks don't have many choises for their votes...
I won't be suprised if this is the year of the Greco-Turkish friendship...
As for the winner please remember that Carola did THE professional job last thursday, and that it was a magnificent surprise the russian girl that was hidding into the piano but this won't be a suprise no more.
Compare all these with what u saw (specifying germany's and greece's rehearsals) and give us your votes plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :)
Have a nice time here in Athens my friend.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-19 23:34 (UTC) (Link)


Peter = the best commentator on any eurovision-website.

you are so honest with your reviews, and even you dont like a song you are so fair!!

Bravo Peter! BRAVO!!!

greetings from france
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 01:08 (UTC) (Link)


It's amazing how two people (in this case, you and Keith) can watch the same performance and report a totally different reaction on the ground. You say Texas Lightning got a rousing cheer, clapping along etc while Keith reckons the response in the hall was subdued. What's it to be guys??!!

General point: Peter is far less partisan than Keith (and more accurate in his predictions). Keith says that Ireland might win and UK is doomed. We'll see.

(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 03:38 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Germany

Peter, dude your the best commentator out of the whole lot on this this site, i feel that your other companions have such biased views on countries and really dont like there taste. You on the other hand agree with most of the time
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 08:30 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Germany

Tell me, is Sibel singing anything in English now? To be honest I think that is her only chance to win.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 08:37 (UTC) (Link)

Bosnia & Herzegovina; Serbia & Montenegro

Can anybody recommend any C.D's by acts simillar to those that have represented these countries with such beautiful "ethnic" entries.
I am thinking in particular of acts like Hari Mata Hari that represent Bosnia & Herzegovina this year and Zeljko Joksimovic that represented Serbia and Montenegro in 2004. I have done an Amazon search and am coming up with nothing.
Perhaps there are other acts that can be recommended.

Many thanks,
Mark (Wexbear) Bunclody, Ireland
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 10:36 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bosnia & Herzegovina; Serbia & Montenegro

Not CDs...but you should be able to get MP3s of eurovision artists on www.allofmp3.com - you can order individual tracks from the Eurovision albums for 2005 (and i think 2004) and they'll probably have the 2006 CD up soon. Or do a search for the artists you like.

They have had serious server problems in the past few weeks, but things should be up and running shortly.

(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 13:37 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bosnia & Herzegovina; Serbia & Montenegro

Thanks Dave for your reply. I have got all the previous competition C.D's . (That Allof mp3 site is great !).
I was hoping to get additional music by these artists or others that perform in a simmilar vein.
Thanks for your suggestions.
Mark (wexbear)
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 09:11 (UTC) (Link)
About Latvia I am not sure if everything went OK as you said. Cosmos wrote to our delegation that yesterday the sound man forgot to switch on one of microphones AGAIN.

I think soon will be another scandal, cause I read in many reports that greek operators make perfect sound only for Anna Vissi.

Anyway, good luck to all!!! Lets wait evening's big event.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 09:46 (UTC) (Link)
tell us more on MALTA pls!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 14:38 (UTC) (Link)


I like your comments because even if you do not like the song you show respect on artit or countrie.
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