Sarah Cawood reports on the Eurovision Semi Final
The Eurovision semi-finals are now over and things are hotting up for the main event on Saturday. Fingers crossed for the UK entry Josh Dubovie.
And if you're planning your very own Eurovision party there's everything you could need on the website from scorecards and games to international party food suggestions.
BBC Three presenter Sarah Cawood has been keeping us up to date with all the action on the ground in Oslo. Here's the latest from Norway...
Well, there we are... Semi final #2 done and positively dusted.
And no Sweden for Saturday's final! That's the shock story from Oslo. Sweden have never not qualified for the final so last night a bus full of very dejected Swedes arrived back at the hotel and walked through the lobby, heads bowed, straight to their beds. At least it's not a very long trip home. Poor Anna Bergendahl. Just goes to show that all the glowsticks in the world can't help if the rest of Europe ain't feeling it.
We had a fab show on BBC Three last night: I interviewed the lovely Greek, Giorgos Arkaios and his even lovelier dancers. UK representative Josh Dubovie was my handsome assistant again and Hera Bjork from Iceland dropped by. I MAY have flirted a little...even with Hera. ;) That's the thing about Eurovision: every country in Europe sends their very best looking citizens. It makes for a lovely view from here in Oslo for La Cawood.
I'm currently sitting in a Norwegian radio station studio, about to listen to Paddy give it his best on Popmaster with Ken Bruce. Little Aleksander Rybak (Norway's winner last year) is meant to be here too but hot off the press news: he's broken his hand and can't make it (boo!). However, we've been assured he will still be participating in Saturday's final. One wonders how he broke it? I like to think he was defending the honour of some helpless damsel in distress. That's my version anyway and I'm sticking with it.
So, onwards towards Saturday. We have our 20 finalists. I've fallen in love with so many of the acts, as I always do: they grow on me a bit like mould, but I REALLY am LOVING the Danish entry. Romania is strong with a Megan Fox-a-like singing top Cs, and of course, our lovely Joshua. Get behind him people. He has done his country proud since he's been here. Polite, friendly, and a joy to be around. Eurovision winner or not, he's been a star to us.
So today Paddy and I are going to attempt to soak up a little Norwegian culture. There's some Edvard Munch art to take in. (I quite often feel JUST like that screaming face in his painting...) and possibly some Fjords to float around. Then we will be donning our finest spangles and getting ready for tomorrow's main event.
Mr Norton will be at the helm, steering us with grace through the lycra, glitter and lipgloss (and that's just the men!). He's on BBC One from 8pm and Ken Bruce will be commentating on Radio 2 at the same time.
Right, I'm off to consider which of my Saturday night outfits is the campest.
Spread the Eurolove lovely people. After all Eurovision comes but once a year.
Love and lipgloss, La Cawood.
Sarah Cawood presents Eurovision coverage for BBC Three.
You can watch the Eurovision final this Saturday at 8pm on BBC One.
- Read Sarah's earlier blog posts from Oslo.
- Missed the semi-finals? Catch up here
- Watch UK entry Josh Dubovie perform
- Fine out about the contestants
- More about Eurovision