During the draw Moldova picked number 26 – the last spot in the final and Ireland #23, this promises a fulminate end up. There is a hard cut after UK comes Hungary and then Albania, a later spot would have been better for Albania. Also Russia could have got a better place than #6, as well as Iceland #7 and Cyprus #8.
Actually there were no real surprises; almost all qualifiers have been predicted in the bets and in the electronic panel in the press centre. This result has happy and sad faces, for 8 delegations it’s over from tonight, these are: Montenegro, Latvia, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, Israel, San Marino and Austria. The result also proofs that the old discussion of East and West is over, as there are equally five countries each for East and West. This might also have to do with the impact of the jury voting, which determined their votes in the dress rehearsal last night.
After a very joyful and exciting evening, Azerbaijan could show it’s attractions in beautifully made postcards.