Well the big day is finally here and it looks like it is going to be some contest. There are some really great songs in this year’s Eurovision, more than I had initially thought when first checking them all out. We have 26 finalists and the running order has already been decided.

Depending on how you look at it – it might be good, it might be bad – the UK has been drawn first. We have actually won it from first out of the gate way back when Brotherhood Of Man won with Save All Your Kisses For Me, but Eurovision has changed a lot since then. I think the choice of Engelbert Humperdinck was very clever and if anyone can pull it off from first place, the he can. The song is a good one and he will perform the shit out of it.

As for the rest, it’s all down to the performances really, although I can’t help thinking that Sweden’s entry has already been earmarked for the win. The track Euphoria sung by Loreen has had the most exposure around Europe as regards chart success and I have a bad feeling the rest are playing for a bit of respect. However, the same could have been said for France last year and that bombed, so you just don’t know on the night.

I have my favourites this year, the UK of course. For the first time in a long time I will actually be cheering on The Hump. A serious entry for once. Estonia is also one of my favourite songs this year and the singer Ott Lepland is terrific. I also like the cheeky chappy from Malta with his wiggly feet dance. I hope these all do very well. Jedward will do their usual thing and will probably turn in a decent performance like they did last year to get a well earned 8th place. Whether they can better that this year remains to be seen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t have another crack next year!

As for the Russian Grannies? forget it. I am pleased to say that it is the ONLY novelty track in this year’s contest and that is testament to how much more seriously Eurovision is taken by a lot of the European countries; even the UK has decided to be sensible..remember Scooch? no more of that for us now. So what of my predictions?

Well I think that Sweden is going to walk away with it. I am disappointed, but they seem to have just done so much more work marketing it. It’s just a shame it the song it is. Yes she can sing, but the track itself is more akin to some Ibiza anthem than a Eurovision song and I find it hard to believe that Sweden actually like that style of music, but hey, there’s no accounting for taste is there? Each to their own. I think Serbia is going to do very well and will probably push Sweden for a while. I also think that Estonia, Malta and Cyprus will all do well. Albania is a very good each way bet at 100/1. Anything in the top 10 for The Hump will be a decent result for the UK.

I am looking forward to tonight and will now have to go and get some supplies in. Stay tuned for my review and my thoughts on the final tomorrow as I discuss where it all went wrong for us…;-) I will leave you with our own Engelbert Humperdinck and the song he is performing Love Will Set You Free. Enjoy and GET BEHIND THE HUMP!