Here we go! #Eurovision
That was rather beautiful. #GivePeaceAChance #Eurovision
Oh she's not quite managed to get her yellow mac fastened there. Tricky things. #Eurovision
#CZE Not sure about this one. Catchy, but kinda terrible. Guitar bow wanker isn't helping. It's a 5 from me. #Eurovision
#ROU The greased up glitter crop tops aren't doing it for me. Quite like the tune and the shimmy. 6 points. #Eurovision
#POR Support groups are really important and valuable, but they're not really appropriate for the #Eurovision song contest. Hope they sorted it all out. It's a 4 from me.
#FIN Did #Eurovision get a job lot of yellow macs or something? Glad they seemed to be enjoying themselves. I wasn't. All makeup and no rock. A generous 3. Which means this will probably win.
#SUI As George Ezra tributes go that actually wasn't too bad. Could have done with a key change. Or a chorus. Or, you know, something. 7 I think. #Eurovision
#FRA I think it's clear that France would very much not like to be hosting #Eurovision next year. Were they even all singing the same tune? Je suis désolée, mais that's 2 points from me.
#NOR I like it. But then I liked the masked singer - well, at least the bits without Joel or the panel speaking. I think a 7. #Eurovision
#ARM No idea, sorry. I suppose 3? #Eurovision
#Eurovision Cheers to Sir Terry.
#ITA I don't know what they're saying but they're very insistent and good-looking about it. Sweet. 6, I think. #Eurovision
#ESP Not leaving much to the imagination. The eighties is really the decade that never ended in #Eurovision land, isn't it. I suppose a 6 from me.
#NED You could tell the crowd was starved of excitement during this, because they actually cheered when she walked down two steps. I rather like the song though, and a great voice. 7 points from me. #Eurovision
#UKR Not sure they needed all those people on stage to be honest, but I liked it and it's obviously going to do well. A 6 I think. #Eurovision
#GER Thoroughly enjoyed the song and the staging until we reached the spoken word part. There's no need for that. Still probably my favourite so far. 8 points. #Eurovision
#LTU Really liked this one. Retro chic and a seemingly effortless voice. No idea what she's saying but I'm not about to disagree. Surprising myself with another 8 points. #Eurovision
#AZE Good lord. Erm, 6? I'm baffled by that one. #Eurovision
#BEL I can't get the theme tune from The Morning Show out of my mind here. Could have done with something else but rather enjoyable overall. It's another 7. #Eurovision
#GRE Refuse sacks are a very tricky look to pull off. Found myself using my feet at parts though. Bit forgettable. 5 points. #Eurovision
#ISL The Dixie Chicks have really calmed down, huh. That was just one long intro! 3 points, sorry. #Eurovision
#MDA This is proper #Eurovision - too old for their clothes, bad dancing, a fiddle and a box crowbarred into a semi rock number. Terrible but much better than most. 7 points.
#SWE Wouldn't want to get into an argument with her. Looks like she'd take zero shit. Catchy stuff though. I think it's a 7. #Eurovision
#AUS Trying a wee bit hard, love. Settle down. Sorry, it's a 2 from me. #Eurovision
#UK It's a cracking song and he's a brilliant singer. I really hope he gets the points he deserves. It's a 9 from me. #Eurovision
#POL The Walking Dead meets High School Musical. You'd think it wouldn't work, and you'd be right. There was something there, and he has a good voice, but no. 5 points. #Eurovision
#SRB No clue what was going on there, but I have a feeling I've seen a French film with a similar plot. I wish I hadn't. 2 points. #Eurovision
#EST Hang on, wasn't this guy on earlier? Catchy though. Not sure about the video filters but he seems to have got the crowd going. I suppose a 7. #Eurovision
They could just have a gap where they show a different programme for an hour before the points are totted up. #Eurovision

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"Our nationalism is better than other nationalisms" - every nationalist ever.
I oppose all nationalism. English nationalism, British nationalism, Scottish nationalism, all have critical threads in common which make them dangerous. They rely on blaming an "other" group for bad things. They propose outcomes that won't solve the problems they claim they will.
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