Здравствуйте! This is it, it’s the big finale. The final jury rehearsal is done, half of the final scores are now decided. So now, it is time for the team to sit down and lay down their cards for what they think the final outcome will be…
Kylie: I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’ve been inundated with these songs almost every day for the last two weeks, but I think this is a strong and open final. I can just about call the top and bottom, but what happens in between is very tricky to deduct for me.
John: Although I think the final is missing some very strong songs (*cough Finland cough*) I’m really looking forward to tonight’s contest and seeing what happens. I’m going to struggle to predict, but let’s see if I can do this.
So, who’s going to win?
Kylie: I think it’s a two horse race between Portugal and Bulgaria. It’s going to be a very tight set of scores in the end, my suspicions are that Portugal will demolish the jury vote and Bulgaria might pip the televote. It all depends on what happens under the top.
If I had to put down the gauntlet and pick one for the win: I will say Portugal, purely because I think it creates more of a “moment”. But I will be thrilled either way, so best of luck to both of them!
John: I also think this is Portugal’s time, but don’t discount Bulgaria, Italy or Belgium. I’d be massively surprised if it was anyone other than these 4! I really think (and hope) Portugal can do it, it feels like their one big chance to win.
Who’s in with a shot of the top 10?
Kylie: As much as I don’t rate Italy’s winning chances, even I will be shocked if it’s not top 10. I still can’t see it being in the jury’s top 5, especially when the jury rehearsal had so much stronger vocal performances.
I could see The Netherlands being pushed up through juries, I could see a strong jury score for them. Armenia is very strong on both sides of the equation. Romania could also get up there through televoting strength, same for Greece.
And finally, my beloved Belgium. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but judging from ESC Tracker, its looking like a solid top 10 result, and that enough would make me over the moon.
I struggle to pick out who else is a likely top 10, to me it all depends on how both sides of the voting add up. This will be very interesting to see…
John: This is where it starts to get a bit tougher, but I think Armenia is a shoe in for another top 10, The Netherlands is certainly deserving of a top 10 placing, and Sweden will probably sneak in there too.
I hope and pray that the UK can pull off a miracle and climb into the top 10 too but I just don’t know if we’ll get the votes or not.
Watch out for Croatia too!!
And… who’s going to get the wooden spoon?
Kylie: Spain. I know I positively detest this song, so I’m not exactly the most impartial person to ask, but it’s probably the most amateurish performance in this final.
People go on about how Germany could possibly do a “last place hattrick”, but I think it’ll just about avoid last because it at least gives the impression of being competant.
John: I can see last place going to poor old Germany again. I think Spain is the weakest performance of the night but I can see some random jury giving them enough points to avoid last, as usual! At any rate I think this will be the bottom two.
So there you have it! Those are our final predictions. Will they come to fruition? Will there be a huge spanner in the works? In any case, enjoy the show, and best of luck to everyone!