It’s that time of year again – Eurovision 2015 has arrived

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BEFORE you sit yourself down to witness one of the biggest musical events of the year, make sure you have the following: 1. Popcorn 2. A blank score card 3. Plenty of water. Cheering on your country as it sings its way to potential victory is both hungry and thirsty work! Not for the faint-hearted.
This year, Eurovision 2015 comes to us from Vienna, Austria and it has not failed. In true Eurovision fashion, Tuesday (May 19) saw the first semi-final get underway with a variety of sounds, fashion statements and messages.
Kicking off the show was Austria’s very own Conchita Wurst, who didn’t disappoint with her elegant attire and superb vocal range, whilst singing her Eurovision hit, ‘Rise like a Phoenix.’
The first competitor to take to the stage was Moldova, who got the crowd onto their feet with a lively, pop tune, ‘I want your love.’ Fifteen other countries followed suit, one after the other, singing and performing like their lives depended on it.
Stand-out performances on the night came from the Netherlands with their captivating sound, Finland, who rocked the place out, Serbia for their empowering message and Russia, who simply owned it, and who were hot favourites to make it through.
After all was said and done, only 10 of the 16 countries actually qualified; Armenia, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Albania, Georgia.
The second semi-final takes place on May 21, with countries like Ireland, Portugal and Sweden aiming for the coveted Eurovision title.
Spain’s Edurne is already a finalist with her smash hit ‘Amanacer’ and the UK also sails automatically through to the finals with the song ‘Still in love with you’ by Electric Velvet. France, Germany and naturally, the host country, have also been granted a direct pass to the final, due to their financial contribution to the event.
The most important of all the nights is Saturday (May 23) when the Grand Final takes place and the Eurovision 2015 winner will be crowned.
What we want to know is, who is your money on? How do you think the host country did on opening night? Rate the performances from start to finish.
Any dark horses in the midst? Any obvious front-runners?
Finally, the million dollar question, who do you want to win, who do you think will win, or even better still, who deserves to win? …and why?!
We want to hear our readers’ take on this annual music extravaganza.
Let’s get the conversation going. Let’s get Eurovision crazy!

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