Okay, I knew it was going to happen. Still, there was this little (pretty big) voice in my head saying we can do this. And I am so disappointed in all of you that texted me saying he was shit or had a squeaky voice or the song was bad. I think Brendan did really well and I genuinely liked this song- I did not like the balloon.
For me, it would be the greatest thing in the world if Ireland were to host Eurovision again. And my head knew that this song would not lead to that and yet I am gutted. Sometimes emotions are very irrational. On top of being a bit deprived of sleep (about 3-4h), I suppose I am not surprised that I am crying about not qualifying. I am also disappointed in my friend, who has no understanding whatsoever for my reaction. But today is another day and I will smile and say it's all good and focus on Levina. Let's face it my next let down.
But let me tell you about the day as a whole. With a late start we went to a new restaurant with Odessan cuisine. I was not impressed with the help yourself buffet and be charged by the kilo approach but the food itself seem to have been good.
We originally had tickets for the family show in the afternoon as well as the live show in the evening. (Initially we only had the afternoon ticket and then they later released tickets for the live event) Because our OGAE president Roy had his official farewell meet up at 3pm we decided to not go to the show and say goodbye to Roy. We also took the time to meet up with Dan and his mum to get some Irish flags to wave at the show. Dans' mum was a really impressive woman and it was inspiring to live life to the fullest.
When saying our farewell to Roy we naturally made it to some Ukrainian news again. I feel by now that we are kind of celebrities in our own way.
Shortly before we wanted to leave Moldova arrived for a meet and greet. And while I would have loved a picture with epic sax guy, the time we had to the show was just too limited.
The show... Overall I liked the show. I think the interval acts where better in semi 1 than 2. The sound in the arena was much better than the first night.
Personally I would have not put my money on Croatia, however, after his performance I was already saying this was something my mom would probably vote for. So I am not surprised that it did make it to the final. And also I love the Estonian song but the male singer was extremely creepy when he looked into the camera. If I were at home voting, I'd probably call for the doctor. I don't get how some people thought we looked hot..
My personal favorites were Bulgaria, BELARUS and Hungary. Though the Dutch and Romanian song were pretty cool too.
Oh right, and then there was the proposal. I mean, it was a grand gesture to pop the question at the show, and it made her a winner regardless, but I feel proposals like that are so outdated. Also, it did not really fit into the show. However, I am happy for her and I am sure she appreciated the spotlight.
We closed the night at the euroclub and if I were drinking alcohol I possibly would have gotten hammered. As it was, I only tried to dance of my frustration.
Now, you are most likely not to hear from me until after the grand final.
Y'all vote for Germany not to be last, vote for Belarus or Romania for the fun of the song or for uk and Bulgaria for the amazing sound or just let Italy win. Or vote for Belgium because Belgium deserves to win. This is not a winning song I think but Belgium is delivering brilliant songs now year after year. They really turned it around, I'd love for it to be recognized.
Don't vote for Sweden... I don't want to go to Sweden again next year... Been there done that.... Moreover, it would rob Ireland of its title (most ESC wins)f
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