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Back from Glyfada

Posted on 2006.05.20 at 18:25
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
I decided to take today out and see something away from the city f Athens. I went to the coast at Glyfada and with the sunny wather and a lovely Italian restaurant, I am now ready for the show.

After listening to so many reactions from members of the press and the audience last night, I'm more confused than ever. I believe that the winner will come from; Russia, Romania, Germany and Finland. I am ignoring the two obvious favourite (Greece and Sweden) because nothing that I have seen in the last two days has led my to believe that either Anna Vissi or Carola will have the mass appeal all over Europe. I'm probably just as wrong as I was last year. I am calling Ireland to finish between 10th and 15th.

Apparently the interval which has a lot or religeous iconography etc., isn't to the taste of the Israelis, but given the 1999 postcards, who really cares?

Tonight to celebrate out hosts I am wearing a suit in blue and white stripes. I just can't wait. I can feel the rhythm as I type, but that probably the traffic!


(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 15:39 (UTC) (Link)
Please would you be able to give us your predicted Top 4 in order?

(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 15:45 (UTC) (Link)

have fun

i hope you all have fun tonight guys, you all deserve it after the brilliant updates and pictures you've given us over the past couple of weeks.. i came back after enjoying the updates last year, and will return next year if you're planning on doing it again!

thanks again

(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 15:49 (UTC) (Link)

Keep an eye out for Lithuania

I seriously think they're going to shock everyone during the voting Keith......the crowd in the arena might dislike them,but they're creating a stir among the general public (including here at home) :)

(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 15:59 (UTC) (Link)

2 colours

Only 2? Are u sick?
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 16:00 (UTC) (Link)


Keith, many many thanks to you and the guys for your reports this week. They have made for a riveting read and it was almost like being there. Save for the dark skies and gale force winds of London. I truly hope you are right and that Sweden doesn't win but I too have a sneaky suspicion that either Lithuania or Finland will do it. The BBC seem to be going overboard on Finland so expect a high UK televote. I've got a few quid on Ireland - best ballad by far!

Cheers to you all out there - you must be having the same kind of feelings I used to get at the end of Eurovision week i.e. we've seen these songs rehearsed again and again, for God's sake let's get on with the voting!!


David (Bridgman)
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 16:08 (UTC) (Link)
Oh well, in three hours it will all be in the hands of the great unwashed - the millions of televoters around Europe. I think that's the problem. Doesn't matter how much WE love Lordi or hate Hari, it's what THEY see on the night that matters. But it's so competitive, if one act doesn't give a good performance that could easily put them right out of contention (a la Kate Ryan).

Seems like it's all too close to call at the minute, but I think if Keith's predicted winners finish in the top 4, that would be a huge shift in what we usually see at Eurovision (esp. Germany and Finland). I get a feeling we might have one or two more typical Eurovision entries in the top 4, but who knows?

Here's hoping Brian gets Ireland out of the 2007 semi-finals though. That would be a phenomenal result.

Enjoy the show Keith and all of the AKOE06 bloggers. You've been brilliant.

(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 16:29 (UTC) (Link)


Thank you very much for the good job, Keith ! I really, really hope you are right - it would be boring if one of the " obvious favs " would really win. Even if I have to say that I like Anna Vissia a trillion times more than Mrs. wannabe prophet Carola - she`s such a horrible person !

Russia - well, that would be a ok winner, the performance is good but a male with a ballad or midtempo song didn`t win for a very long time. So Iam not sure about it - same goes for Bosnia, even if it could repeat the success of Zeljko in 04

Romania - I am also not sure, I like the song a lot an Mihai is a great singer. There are different opinions about his chances - so we`ll have to wait and see.

Germany - I think it is overrated, country will not work all over Europe IMO.

Finland - Well, that would be great for Finland after all these years, I don`t expect too many votes from Southern and Eastern countries though.

Croatia & Ukraine could be the dark horses.....
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 16:59 (UTC) (Link)


It's funny to see none of you has got a clear winner. Good for the contest also, it keeps the suspense. I think Lithuania'll finish in the top 10. Just as long as Carola doesn't win, I'll be happy. I'll vote massively for other entries. But i'm trying not to get high hopes on Sweden's not-winning because of the EUROVISION MALEDICTION: song I really hate, win the contest. Think of: Ruslana, Marie N, Tanel & Dave, Toto Cutugno.....


Martim Menisco

(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 22:02 (UTC) (Link)
As long as Greece is above Ireland I am very happy!
The show is over.You can go home now!!!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 22:32 (UTC) (Link)

You were right

What can I say...Anna Vissi was pretty average, Sweden and Greece were nowhere and Romania, Russia and Finland finished in the top 4.

I thought Russia was terrible in the semi and not much better tonight, but the ex-Soviet countries (along with a few others) seemed to love it...oh well, there's no accounting for taste.

Finland succeeded where Norway failed last year, but I honestly think Romania were robbed on the night - best performance by far (and as a Sweden fan, I include Carola in this). I think musically they deserved to win, but when has Eurovision been about the music. And Terry Wogan was on top form.

Well done Finland - Eurovision is truly changing - and most importantly IRELAND ARE AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS FOR THE FINAL IN HELSINKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoy yourselves tonight boys. You've been fabulous (or amazing as Maria would say).

All the best,
Dave x
Satu H
fairytale_80 at 2006-05-26 22:06 (UTC) (Link)
wearing blue+white, great! :)
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