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Eurovision starts tonight!

I've just watched the third dress rehearsal, in the hall, near the front, for tonight's live TV show, the first Eurovision semi-final. Astonishingly, there were no members of the paying public in there, unlike previous years. It seems the tickets weren't on sale. I feel genuinely sorry for the artists performing tonight. They've been denied the chance to get used to a live audience with the usual three run-throughs, and the sheer pleasure of performing to an audience. Watch out for some nervous or stunned performances, if they get taken by surprised by the crowd's reaction. For seven of tonight's acts, tonight is the end.

I'll be back later with my revised predictions for the lucky ten countries tonight and the unlucky seven who'll be going home. (Flights to Portugal and Latvia are easy to rebook at short notice, surely?)

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