ESC 2016

Interview with Oskar Johansson-Staaf, 11 year old Eurovision Expert from just outside Stockholm

ESCKAZ had the chance to have a quick chat with renowned Eurovision expert Oskar Johansson-Staaf

We were informed that this 11 year old confident young man has a huge amount of knowledge on Eurovision and any question was allowed to be asked about Eurovision;

The video clip speaks for itself;

8 out of 10 for Daniel.....

Well done ;-D

9 out of 10 for me

So HAPPY right now for Austria :-D

Semi One predictions from Daniel and me

Mike;

Finland No
Greece No
Moldova Maybe
Hungary Yes
Croatia Yes
The Netherlands Yes
Armenia Yes
San Marino No
Russia Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Cyprus Maybe
Austria Yes
Estonia Maybe
Azerbaijan Yes
Montenegro No
Iceland Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Malta Yes

So someone will miss out from my predictions, and sadly I think it will be Austria

From Daniel;

Finland No
Greece No
Moldova Maybe
Hungary Yes
Croatia Yes
The Netherlands Yes
Armenia Yes
San Marino No
Russia Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Cyprus No
Austria Yes
Estonia No
Azerbaijan Maybe
Montenegro No
Iceland Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Malta Yes

Some slight disagreements here, but more or less we agree this year

Anyway what the hell do we know.....though we usually get 7-9 out of 10

Predictions for Tonight's Semi Final

It's hard to believe tonight the first semi final is taking place. How that week of rehearsals has flown by. So time to give predictions on who will qualify and who shouldn't.

Way back in March when Bulgaria released their song, I ended up with a top 42 after hearing each song once. So based on that list, my personal qualifiers would have been:

Azerbaijan, Russia, Armenia, Estonia, Austria, Malta, Czech Republic, Cyprus, The Netherlands and Croatia.

But two months on, guest apperances throughout Europe AND the rehearsals last week, have shifted things around a little bit. So my careful prediction for the countries going through tonight are:

Russia
Armenia
Iceland
Bosnia Herzegovina
Greece
Estonia
The Netherlands
Malta
Azerbaijan
and Czech Republic

We'll find out whether I'm right, later on tonight.

Happy Semi 1 everyone :)

Red Carpet Video report video clip

We grabbed a chat with all delegations on the Red Carpet last nigh, some interesting moments and quite a bit of singing
Oh and the outfits....it's all about the outfits

Enjoy

Raising the Eurovision Flags....

At 7.30 this morning all countries and members of the press were invited but the city of Stockholm to the "Raising of the Flags" ceremony.

This prestigious event took place at the Euroclub complex in front of the Royal Palace of Stockholm in Gamla Stan. Gathered were all Heads of Delegation, Heads of Press, Members of the EBU, and the Eurovision media. Several dozen fans of Eurovision were also in attendance.

City Of Stockholm

As 8.00 a.m. approached the roads were sealed in preparation for the marching band to arrive bearing the flags of each and every country taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. It was quite some sight in the early Stockholm sunshine to hear and see the approaching LifeGuards, the oldest regiment in Sweden.

The procession then stopped at the foot of the Royal Palace and the band began to play Euphoria. A little too early for my taste but nice all the same.

Then is was time for the flags to be raised. This seemed to pass without hitch, though we were informed that all flags were to raise at the same time and sadly this moment did not happen. However, it all looked effective and was actually a rather touching moment to see everyone COME TOGETHER....

After this the band played Heroes and marched off taking the route that they came from.

We then grabbed a few words with Sietse Bakker and one of the organising committee from the City Of Stockholm organisation

Finally Andy and I had a few moments guessing the flags....we were not great, there were a few mistakes...opps

Gallery;

Raising flag ceremony

Rehearsal from Hungary

Hungary;
Comes on, delivers the song, really showing his emotions today. Which is exactly what this song needs. That said I still get a very bored about halfway through. And it did not get any better for me by the third run though

Rehearsals from Finland, Greece and Moldova

Finland
Ok so this is kinda competent but that's all really. Nothing much else to say, the vocal could do with some work really, but in the arena it looks nice as an opener to the show. Still in the cat suit, still using the whole of the stage hope this works out for them

Greece
The big surprise for me so far, was never going to give this much hope tbh, but it looks really cool not he stage, and we have short ripping off moments so early in the show which is always a good thing

Moldova
Starting to come together for Lidia now, vast improvement on her first run through. Well done.

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