In Ireland, the six national final hopefuls have been presented to the press and public. All eyes are focussed on Dustin the Turkey, a puppet singing a song about the Eurovision Song Contest itself, featuring statements about famous UK commentator Terry Wogan, Bono and even an apology for giving the world Riverdance, which once started as Eurovision Song Contest interval act. The lucky ones;
Donal Skehan - Double Cross My Heart
Dustin The Turkey - Irelande Douze Points
Maya - Time to Rise
Leona - Not Crazy After All
Liam Geddes - Sometimes
Marc Roberts - Chances
Azerbaijani organizers praised
Meanwhile, thousands of kilometers eastwards, Azerbaijan looks back on a spectacular and successful first ever national final. Eurovision TV Director Bjørn Erichsen praised iTV and its partners for oganizing such a fantastic national final. Media and fans openly speculate that regardless the fact that the country debutes at the contest this year, capital Baku and broadcaster iTV are ready to host the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, should Elnur bring the country victory in Belgrade. However, there is still a long way to go, as Azerbaijan would first have to qualify for the Final. The debuting nation takes part in the first Semi-Final of the contest, on Tuesday 20th of May.
"Please give me the bill"
Estonia's 2008 Eurovision Song Contest entry Leto Svet was picked up by Serbian media. The song, featuring lines in Serbian, Russian, Finnish and German, is a bold mix of meaningless statements, such as "please give me the bill" and "potatoes, beans, lobster and onions... I am sick of them". Unfortunately for the Serbians (or for the performing group Kreisiraadio), Serbia has been drawn to vote in the second Semi-Final only, while the three comedians and their hot backing dancers will have to show up in the first Semi-Final. Serbia could only reward the group's efforts to learn some Serbian if the Estonians would qualify for the Final.
A second chance in Norway
Tonight, those who missed out on the Norwegian final get to perform in a second-chance heat, to show their talents once more. Two more songs will be chosen by the television viewers, to join the six already qualified for the Final. Norway will pick its 2008 Eurovision Song Contest entrant this Saturday. Tonight's show and Saturday's final can be followed through NRK's live stream.