First reactions to the result.
First reaction : What a GREAT result for Eurovision, for Finland and (dare I say it) for Ireland.
Finland has sent 40 entries to the contest, never finished in the Top 3, and now they score a HUGE win. I think that its a truely great song and that fact remains after you cut away the gimmicks. This will open up the contest to many different styles of music, and it'sd probably the best result fot the contest since ABBA won in 1974. Helsinki will be a great host cty (even if we have to leave he sunblock at home) and YLE are an experienced broadcaster that have hosted many big international athletics events.
For Rusia it's another case of so near and yet so far, a second runner-up spot, but the Russians are still very happy as are the Bosnians who finished third, their best ever result.
It was touch and go for Ireland to hang onto a Top 10 place, but once I remwembered that Turkey was last to vote, I was able to rela. No semi for Ireland in 2007.
Sweden seem to be disappointed with 5th, which is about where I would have put it and he Greeks seem very disappointed with 9th. I felt like congratulating Jean-Paul Gaultier for not onlt gets thousands of Euros for that horrible Anna Vissi dress, but also for stopping us having to come back to Greece next year. As much as I enjoyed my time, it's always great to have a new host country, and we have now gone to new hosts for five successive years.
The big shocks were Germany down in 15th and Malta last, with one one single point. I'm not the slightest bitt surprised to see Lithuania 6th. It was a novelty that was very well performed. Well done to Lithuania and Macedonia on their best ever results and especially to Armenia on a great debut in 8th.
I case you haven't heard Ireland was 9th in the semi and only 9 points ahead of Poland in 11th. It was very close. The Irish voters went for Lithuania in both the semi, as I had heard and in the final. It was more than just an immigrant vote.
Andorra only got 8 points in the semi (from Spain of course) to finish rock bottom.