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Peter in the Press Centre 2 hours and 10 minutes to go!

Posted on 2006.05.20 at 19:48
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Hi everyone, 

I've just arrived in the Press Centre all dressed up and ready to go to the final, and no loud shirt on, I hasten to add!  I think it will be a really good show and a very difficult contest to predict.  It could be a very close contest or a runaway winner .  Anything can happen in Eurovision.

What we have to remember now is that no matter how anyone has done in rehearsals/semi final etc , it is their performance tonight  that counts.  3 minutes to impress  Mr. amd Mrs Public to pick up the phone and vote.  I have to say that predicting a winner this year is very very difficult for me.  My favourites are Germany, and Finland but my favourites rarely win!   I actually hope for a surprise winner as greece was predicted as the winner last year very early, so it would be nice to have a surprise.

Most predictions seem to be saying Greece or Sweden.  Personally  I think they could do it but I rate the following as possible winners too:

Germany
Finland
Bosnia & Herzegovina
FYR Macedonia
Lithuania
Malta
Norway
Romania
Russia
Turkey
Ukraine

So that probably means a different country will win!!! :))

Looking at that list, Germany may be on too early in the show and get forgotten(I hope not),  The same goes for Norway.  Bosnia now has to overcome the curse of singing after the commercial break.  Malta and Romania's chances are totally dependent on  good and rousing performances. Turkey may sing in English in parts and maybe even in Greek as she did in one of the rehearsals which could have an effect on her reception in the hall and could spring a surprise.  If I had to choose a winner from the list , I would probably go for either Finland and, saints preserve us Lithuania!!!  The public can easily vote for this en masse!

Sorry I can't narrow it down any more than that. I think it is very open this year. The only song I would not like to win is Sweden as I don't think it is a good song(this is just my opinion) and there were better in the Swedish final which I went to see in March.  But it could win because most of the public don't know any of these other songs!

Anyway, whatever wins, I hope it will be a good show.  I want everyone to enjoy it as it only happens once every year and it's back to normality next week!!  I'll try and pop back after the show to give you my thoughts once I can get to a PC which will be at a premium tonight!  I hope everyone has enjoyed the blooging I have done over the Eurovision season as much as I have enjoyed writing them.


ENJOY THE SHOW!!!!!!! :))))))))))))))))))))))


Peter


Comments:


(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all the AKOE team for the fastest, most informative and entertaining blogs every year. Enjoy.

RONAN
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 17:13 (UTC) (Link)

Very Much so

Thanks....you've been great!!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 17:33 (UTC) (Link)

Lets see you all in your outfits

Peter,

Any chance of seeing a picture of all of you in your Eurovision Outfits?
akoe06
akoe06 at 2006-05-20 17:34 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Lets see you all in your outfits

not sure about that, It could break all laws on taste and decency! :)))

I'll see if Andrew brought his camera tonight :)

Peter
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 17:47 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Lets see you all in your outfits

Think you guys left taste and decency a long time ago - lol

hope you enjoy the show guys - and thanks for the blogs during the week - well done mates

Brendan

PS
Next years preview party in dublin can we start a waiting list for it lol
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 17:44 (UTC) (Link)

From athens

Many many thanks
and much more interesting job than the local tv-news
Hope you've enjoyed athens
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 17:46 (UTC) (Link)
Great job again Peter! And because you gave us such good picks for the semi's one final question :), who you reckon will finish last this year, France? Don't think they'll score above 18 to 20 points maximum (and that's including 12 from Monaco ;)....).
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 17:59 (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Thanks again to all of you for the great reports. Well done Peter on your 9/10! Should you have the time to get back here at some point, I wonder in what order you'd place your favourite songs from the Swedish MF? Much as I love Andreas Johnson since (indeed, he's someone I might now become quite a fan of in the long-term), Carola's song has grown on me, I wasn't originally that impressed.

Here's my guess for the top 24:
1 Bosnia 2 Sweden 3 Norway 4 Germany 5 Romania 6 Russia 7 Finland 8 Greece 9 Lithuania 10 Ireland 11 UK 12 Malta 13 Croatia 14 Macedonia 15 Armenia 16 Ukraine 17 Turkey 18 Switz 19 Moldova 20 Denmark 21 Israel 22 Latvia 23 France 24 Spain

And here's my list from favourite to least favourite:
I can't separate Norway and Sweden - I'd be happiest for either of these to win.
3 Romania 4 Finland 5 UK 6 Armenia 7 Malta 8 Macedonia 9 Greece 10 Denmark 11 Ukraine 12 Russia 13 Bosnia 14 Ireland 15 Lithuania 16 Germany 17 Switz 18 Croatia 19 Spain 20 France 21 Latvia 22 Turkey 23 Israel 24 Moldova

Enjoy tonight, everyone!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 18:02 (UTC) (Link)

oops!

Sorry, (can I not edit it?), the above message "Thank you!" was by me - CJ (female, UK)
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 18:04 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Thanks a Lot for keeping us updated this week. Keep up the Good Work and enjoy tonight!!

Charles
Malta
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 18:03 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Peter, Keith and Co....You have done an excellent job with your reporting. Hope you do even better next year....wherever that may be.


Miguel from across the Atlantic
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 18:04 (UTC) (Link)

Thank You!

Hey Guys,

Thanks for all your hard work during the week! You made the week for those of us stuck at home!

Enjoy the night,

TommyD

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(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 18:07 (UTC) (Link)

Thanks

Hi Peter and thanks to you and the rest of the team for keeping us so well up to date these past few days. It sounds as though you have all had a blast. Just wanted you all to know that your efforts in keeping us all updated are appreciated.
For me I would I predict Ukraine for victory again although I would not be suprised to see Ireland or Norway as the hosts next year.
Hope everyone enjoys the television highlight of the year tonight.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 18:10 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the blogging.

Martim Menisco
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all of you for the best coverage on esc on the whole web. you all did a wonderful job!

Regards from Malta.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 18:15 (UTC) (Link)

LET THE SHOW BEGIN

Peter, Hope you enjoy the show, have never had the chance to go to one myself, not even when it was staged in Oslo that cold May day in 1996. I wish Ireland great sucsess and shall be voting for you (and for Norway of course).
Greetings from Jan, Norway (UK based)
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 18:33 (UTC) (Link)

Re: LET THE SHOW BEGIN

How can we ever go to work normally in monday? It has been wonderful week with you! Thank you so much!!!
Remember to vote for Lordi!!!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 19:13 (UTC) (Link)

America thanks you!

Greetings from the Mojave Desert, California.

I don't understand a damn about the scoring system!

This blog has been much fun, but I wish I could see the show!


ariseatex
ariseatex at 2006-05-20 22:04 (UTC) (Link)

Thank you again!

You all did a wonderful job on this LJ. Thanks for all your hard work.

I had a HUNCH
ariseatex
ariseatex at 2006-05-20 22:06 (UTC) (Link)

damn send button

I had a HUNCH Finland would get in the top 3, being the only rock song this year. Last year Norway, Moldova and Switzerland split the rock vote, yet got in the top 10. I for one am thrilled with this result.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 22:19 (UTC) (Link)

Finland won. HALLELUJAH!!!!

I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO disappointed with Croatia's performance!!! I have no words. Great win for Finland! Thank DOG the INFLATABLE PLASTIC CAROLA didn't win! It was a great show, the best I can remember, BUT there was absolutely no excitement with this voting system.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 22:27 (UTC) (Link)

You were right again

Peter, you called an amazing 9/10 qualifiers from the semi and predicted either Finland or Lithuania for the big prize. I'd like your number for 2007 before I place any bets!

SW
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 18:55 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the fantastic coverage. Yesterday morning I made a quick Top 10 predicition besed on your (Peter) review:

Finland
Russia
Romania
Greece
Bosnia
Sweden
Croatia
Ukraine
Turkey
UK

I'm very happy for Finland and I think its win is good for the contest.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 22:54 (UTC) (Link)
Peter thank you very much for your fair well balanced comments and the always sincere still not biased or insulting critisism.

Maybe you should give some tuttoring to all the other assholes posting on this blog (andrew is not included in those, he is as sweet and fair as you are). However, keith and ryan are big time assholes
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