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Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 2 Preview

If I give one of you an editor account, would you be able to write this article and pick 10-qualifiers for me? Wading through this swamp of mediocrity, I’m struggling to find 10 songs I think could qualify, and I only …

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Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 1 Preview

Last night’s jury rehearsal cleared the fog for most of us, yet there are still one or two frustrating ambers on my list. I suspect it will be incredibly close at the bottom end of the qualification threshold. So in no particular …

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Eurovision 2017 Rehearsals: Day 7 Review

Today’s metro journey was rather entertaining. It was only escInsight’s Ewan and I travelling in today and we were immediately spotted by an Indian man asking if we spoke English. We both acknowledged him and he proceeded to tell us …

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Eurovision 2017 Rehearsals: Day 6 Review

The big-5 and Ukraine join rehearsals today, which means we’re entering the business end of the Contest and can now start zeroing in on our top-4 and 5 nations. Finishing off the second rehearsals of the first semi-final, Armenia were first up …

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Eurovision 2017 Rehearsals: Day 5 Review

Having seen all of this year’s semi-finalists, we now get to judge any minor changes or tightening up of camera angles and choreography. The EBU will be publishing excerpts of the official TV feed for each country on their YouTube …

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Eurovision 2017 Rehearsals: Day 3 Review

We opted for the taxi again this morning. By we, I mean the escinsight crew I’m staying with in Kyiv. It was a white knuckle ride through a deserted Kyiv city centre hurtling past various landmarks and Eurovision selfie points. …

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Eurovision 2016: Semi-Final 2 Preview

I woke up this morning dreading having to write this preview. Semi-final 2 is a confusing melange of diaspora-heavy nations with mediocre songs, countries with decent qualification records who have sent beige nonentities and then those with less than perfect strike rates that …

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Eurovision 2016: Semi-Final 1 Preview

So with over a week of rehearsals behind us, we’re now at the business end of our five-month Eurovision betting journey. Tonight we’ll get our first 10 semi-final qualifiers and 10 first/second half slots drawn during the post-show press conference. …

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