Update. Result: Well done Sweden, a great song.
Original article. Regular readers will know that The Helpful Engineer is a big fan of the Eurovision. So who will win it this year? Having listened to the songs I think any of the following have a good chance:
Russia, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Italy.
My heart would like to see the Irish entry win, Jedward. But my head goes with the pensioners from Russia. These unique performers stand out from the crowd, but more importantly Russia has lots of neighbouring countries who usually give the Russian entry high marks every year regardless of its quality. Another factor to consider is the song order on final night. Songs positioned towards the end usually do better as viewers can recall these better before voting. Unluckily for the UK they know already that they will be the first song on the final night. However Ireland has been drawn in position 23, (3rd last), which is a boost to their chances while Russia is one of the first out.
So my Eurovision 2012 prediction is: Russia to win, Ireland in second. What do you think?
The Arena: Watching the semi-finals in Baku it seems that no expense was spared by the Government in Azerbaijan. The Crystal Hall is an enormous indoor arena which can seat 23,000 spectators and was constructed especially to host the competition. It was designed and built in less than a year. The external façade acts like a grant screen with images displayed on it at night time, similar to the Munich Stadium. But in my opinion the stage is far too big and the performers are lost on its vast expanse.
To finish here is an interesting article on bloc voting in the Eurovision. Russia may again benefit from it this year, click link here.