But in the meantime, I'm happy to jump at the challenge of some WILD PREDICTING! WILD! LIKE THE CARPATHIAN WOLVES! Sticking my neck out, here are some of things I reckon will happen over the next fortnight:
- Austria will fail to qualify. Not because the conservative corners of Europe hate the idea of a bearded lady, but because it's a dog of a song and Conchita's vocals are shouty and horrible. Meanwhile, the fanboys will be doubly incensed because:
- Georgia will qualify. Forget the meandering structure and the lack of a discernible melody: this is Real Music played by Real Musicians, and the juries will absolutely lap it up. Plus they've got Lithuania to give them all 58 points as usual. SHIN!
- Finland will finish in the top 10. It's fresh, modern, credible and non-banal, and juries and televoters will love it in equal measure.
- The Danish hosts will start their script in rhyming couplets before winking at the camera and saying "Only kidding!". (OK, so that's not a real prediction - but wouldn't it be amazing?)
But that's the fun of it, isn't it? :-) Bring on the rehearsals!