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Editor Predictions for the Grand Final!

Editor Predictions for the Grand Final!

Earlier this week, we showed you what we thought of the semifinals. We got a beautiful score of 18/20 of the total qualifiers, so pressure must be on for tonight. Many deem this to be the most unpredictable final in a while, but our team surprisingly agrees on the top five quite a bit. Check out what we think below! AOIFE ALEKAS DAN EDWARD Australia Belgium Italy Russia Sweden Last: United Kingdom Italy Latvia Norway Russia Sweden Last: United Kingdom Italy Latvia Norway Russia Sweden Last: Lithuania Australia Israel Italy Russia Sweden Last place: United Kingdom LIAM NATHAN NICK RINOR Australia Belgium Italy Russia Sweden Last: United Kingdom Belgium Latvia Norway Russia Sweden Last: Cyprus Australia Belgium Latvia Russia Sweden Last: United Kingdom Australia Italy Latvia Russia Sweden Last: United Kingdom RODRIGO SIMON DIMITRIS PETER Australia Belgium Italy Russia Sweden Last: United Kingdom Australia Belgium Latvia Russia Sweden Last: United Kingdom Australia Greece Italy Russia Sweden Last: Cyprus Australia Belgium Latvia Russia Sweden Last: United Kingdom ANATOLI RYAN   Australia Georgia Italy Russia Sweden Last: Lithuania Australia Belgium Italy Russia Sweden Last: United Kingdom As you can see, we all agree on Russia and Sweden making it into the top …
Day 13: The Grand Final awaits

Day 13: The Grand Final awaits

Welcome to day 13 at Eurovision 2015. It is Christmas Day for Eurovision fans the world over. Yesterday saw the first two run-throughs of the Grand Final including the Jury Final last night. With 50% of the vote locked in, we now have a full voting order for tonight’s show, which you can see below. We will have one final dress rehearsal at 13:00 CET ahead of tonight’s Grand Final which kicks off at 21:00 CET. You can listen to both of these shows via our live stream, www.escXtra.com/live or www.escXtra.com/live/mobile where we’ll bring you live analysis and commentary. Follow our updates on twitter too, @escXtra. All that’s left to say is to wish Eurovision fans a very Merry Christmas and may the best country win! From eurovision.tv, the voting order for tonight’s final, with spokespersons in brackets, is as follows: 1) Montenegro (Andrea Demirović) 2) Malta (Julia Zahra) 3) Finland (Krista Siegfrids) 4) Greece (Helena Paparizou) 5) Portugal (Suzy) 6) Romania (Sonia Argint Ionescu) 7) Belarus (Teo) 8) Albania (Andria Xhahu) 9) Moldova (Olivia Fortuna) 10) Azerbaijan (Tural Asadou) 11) Latvia (Markus Riva) 12) Serbia (Maia Nikolić) 13) Estonia (Tania) 14) Denmark (Basim) 15) Switzerland (Laetitia Guarino) 16) Belgium …
Voting order revealed

Voting order revealed

EBU have just announced in which order the voting will take place. The order is based on last night’s results and is aimed at making the voting exciting and unpredictable. That is, of course, if there is no runaway winner. Tonight’s voting order with spokespersons in brackets: Montenegro (Andrea Demirović) Malta (Julia Zahra) Finland (Krista Siegfrids) Greece (Helena Paparizou) Portugal (Suzy) Romania (Sonia Argint Ionescu) Belarus (Teo) Albania (Andria Xhahu) Moldova (Olivia Fortuna) Azerbaijan (Tural Asadou) Latvia (Markus Riva) Serbia (Maia Nikolić) Estonia (Tanja) Denmark (Basim) Switzerland (Laetitia Guarino) Belgium (Walid) France (Virginie Guillaume) Armenia (Lilit Muradyan) Ireland (Nicky Byrne) Sweden (Mariette Hanson) Germany (Barbara Schöneberger) Australia (Lee Lin Chin) Czech Republic (Daniela Pisarovicova) Spain (Lara Siscar) Austria (Kati Bellowitsch) F.Y.R. Macedonia (Marko Mark) Slovenia (Tinkara Kovac) Hungary (Csilla Tatar) United Kingdom (Nigella Lawson) Georgia (Natia Bunturi) Lithuania (Ugné Galadauskaite) Netherlands (Edsilia Rombley) Poland (Cleo) Israel (Ofer Nachshom) Russia (Dmitry Shepelev) San Marino (Valentina Monetta) Italy (Federico Russo) Iceland (Sigridur Halldorsdottir) Cyprus (Loukas Hamatsos) Norway (Margrethe Røed) It’s a fan’s job to read something in this order, so we’re curious to know: What does this order tell you about last night’s results? Do you now know who will win the …
Day 12: Jury final

Day 12: Jury final

This afternoon, we had the opportunity to view all 27 competing songs in the grand final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, in the order of presentation we’ll see in the live show tomorrow night. We also got to see the interval act for the first time. Fast-forward a few hours, and it’s time for the Jury final, after which our 40 juries will rank the entries, providing 50% of tomorrow’s results. You can listen along to the show via our live stream at www.escXtra.com/live or www.escXtra.com/live/mobile, and receive regular updates from here in the Press Centre and within the arena on Twitter, @escXtra.  
Final exit poll after dress rehearsal

Final exit poll after dress rehearsal

Final exit poll by escXtra.com. Find out which countries the viewing public will vote on Saturday night!
Day 12: The finalists perform

Day 12: The finalists perform

Welcome to day 12 at Eurovision 2015. The dust has settled on the semifinals, and we now have the running order below, as determined by a random draw to pick halves and a producer-created running order within that frame. We will have a dress rehearsal at 14:00cet and the jury final at 21:00cet. You can listen to both of these shows via our live stream, www.escXtra.com/live or www.escXtra.com/live/mobile where we’ll bring you live analysis and commentary. Follow our updates on twitter too, @escXtra. For the jury final tonight, we’ll add a live blog to report on the performances which the 40 international juries see when casting their rankings to provide 50% of tomorrow night’s result. 1. Slovenia 2. France 3. Israel 4. Estonia 5. United Kingdom 6. Armenia 7. Lithuania 8. Serbia 9. Norway 10. Sweden 11. Cyprus 12. Australia 13. Belgium 14. Austria 15. Greece 16. Montenegro 17. Germany 18. Poland 19. Latvia 20. Romania 21. Spain 22. Hungary 23. Georgia 24. Azerbaijan 25. Russia 26. Albania 27. Italy
Grand Final running order revealed

Grand Final running order revealed

Shortly after tonight’s finalists picked which half of the final they would be performing in, work began on putting together the running order of Saturday’s show. A closed group of individuals from both ORF and the EBU have been involved in carefully placing where each song will be performed, based on whether they were drawn in the first or second half. ORF have now unveiled the running order for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest final: 1. Slovenia 2. France 3. Israel 4. Estonia 5. United Kingdom 6. Armenia 7. Lithuania 8. Serbia 9. Norway 10. Sweden 11. Cyprus 12. Australia 13. Belgium 14. Austria 15. Greece 16. Montenegro 17. Germany 18. Poland 19. Latvia 20. Romania 21. Spain 22. Hungary 23. Georgia 24. Azerbaijan 25. Russia 26. Albania 27. Italy
Grand Final line up complete!

Grand Final line up complete!

After another exciting semifinal, the line-up for the Eurovision final is now complete. No big shocks took place tonight, with Israel finally qualifying and Iceland failing for the first time in the two semi system. The following ten countries qualified for Saturday’s show: Azerbaijan Cyprus Israel Latvia Lithuania Montenegro Norway Poland Slovenia Sweden As said, Israel qualified for the first time since 2010, but were left to the last envelope to be relieved. Latvia, waiting since 2008, were relieved a little sooner. Iceland didn’t maange to qualify for the first time since 2007. Other interesting results are Poland securing their second consecutive qualification, a first for them. Montenegro secured their second qualification ever, with the Czech Republic still waiting to make it through to a Saturday show. Looking at our own predictions now, we can see that we once again scored 9/10. We only thought the Czechs would finally get their final, with Lithuania missing out: It’s all about the duets this year! Tonight, there’s a new star in our team with Peter scoring 10/10. Our stars from Tuesday, Rinor and Simon now still score respectably, with 8 and 9 correct qualifiers.
Editor Predictions for Semi Final 2

Editor Predictions for Semi Final 2

Here are the predictions from our editors on who we think will qualify in Tonight’s 2nd Semi Final: AOIFE ALEKAS DAN EDWARD Lithuania Ireland Azerbaijan Sweden Norway Israel Iceland Slovenia Czech Republic Montenegro Lithuania Sweden Azerbaijan Norway Israel Slovenia Latvia Montenegro Poland Czech Republic Lithuania Ireland Iceland Norway Latvia Azerbaijan Sweden Slovenia Switzerland Montenegro Sweden Norway Azerbaijan Israel Slovenia Malta Montenegro Switzerland Latvia Cyprus LIAM NATHAN NICK RINOR Sweden Norway Israel Slovenia Latvia Lithuania Iceland Czech Republic Poland San Marino Montenegro Norway Czech Republic Israel Latvia Azerbaijan Sweden Slovenia Poland Portugal Sweden Azerbaijan Norway Slovenia Latvia Czech Republic Poland Lithuania Montenegro Portugal Ireland Norway Sweden Israel Azerbaijan Iceland Montenegro Slovenia Latvia Cyprus RODRIGO SIMON DIMITRIS PETER Sweden Norway Montenegro Israel Latvia Azerbaijan Slovenia Czech Republic Cyprus Portugal Ireland Montenegro Norway Israel Latvia Azerbaijan Sweden Cyprus Slovenia Lithuania Sweden Norway Azerbaijan Malta Iceland Israel Czech Republic Slovenia Switzerland Poland Lithuania Montenegro Norway Israel Latvia Azerbaijan Sweden Cyprus Slovenia Poland And with our predictions, here is the team’s combined list of qualifiers for the 2nd semi final: Azerbaijan Cyprus Czech Republic Israel Latvia Montenegro Norway Poland Slovenia Sweden
Day 11: Semifinal 2

Day 11: Semifinal 2

Today’s action at the Eurovision song contest will see 34 songs reduced to the final field of 27, as seven songs will lose out at the semifinal stage. The show times today are as follows: Semifinal 2: Dress rehearsal: 15:00cet Semifinal 2: TV show: 21:00cet You can follow all the action live with escXtra via twitter, facebook and our live stream at escXtra.com/live or escXtra.com/live/mobile, where you can hear the rehearsals and shows together with our commentary and analysis. The jury final has already taken place, so 50% of the result of this semifinal has already been decided. Excitement within last night’s jury final included a repeat performance from Portugal due to sound issues. You can read all about the jury show from last night here.
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