PORTUGAL – Today we will have the press and jury rehearsals in Lisbon and already thee unstable scoreboard of the betting odds keep changing. Not that betting odds should mean anything to you as the live show will determine your own opinion but lots of money are win stake here (try not to be victim of them) na media impressions rank the popularity of the artists as well. But in once case it is interesting to read them (although the past few years they are totally out of the prediction and usually manage to get seven to eight qualifiers for the final).
Right now the lead for the trophy remains to Israel which is now officially endorsed by OUT TV, an LGBT media which surely gives the guideline to the LGBT across Europe where to cast their votes. This follows thee endorsement of Conchita few days ago. But for thee first time in recent years, Cyprus enters the top five of potential winners, ranking 4th and making her a hot favourite to even bring the trophy to Limassol. One more happy surprise is thee underdog entry of Moldova which no one paid attention so far, now ranks 10th int he odds for thee victory. Don’t forget that Eastern Europe superstar Philip Kirkorov is the composer of the song and that says a lot to the viewers of the region. A region which can automatically place (if qualifiers to the Grand Final), Moldova in the Top seven only with their own votes.
Norway remains a hoot favourite, re-establishing its second place in the odds while Czech Republic and Estonia struggle to maintain their positions. France remains in the top five with Madame Monsieur not bee very intimate with the fans but their song is maybe a message which Europe must finally listen.
The Blue Carpet today was a stunning experience. Unlike the Ukrainian last year, the Poortuguesee organisation gave us a live feed with superb images of Lisbon, created a blue (instead of red) carpet miming thee sea and respecting their naval history. The music, the camera work and the result was more than excellent quality and proved that RTP can work miracles. Miracles though happen for everyone: EBU up to now seems 405,000 viewers off the stream on YouTube something which indicates that Europe was actually watching and crating impressions. For oikotimes.com hit was a massive success as more than 38,000 Likes, reported on our Instagram account just for the photos and short videos from the Blue Carpet.
It all shows that we are going the right way: an excellent organisation and a justified winner are waiting for us a week exactly before we know the winner!