For those of you with Netscape extensions, I call this colour scheme 'Planet in Blue'!
The Preselection on March 20th and 21st produced some stunning results, especially the failure to qualify by Germany and Israel.
Officially the details are secret, but it is now known that Sweden won this contest overall, with Ireland someway behind in second place, and Turkey third. UK was 12th.
The real contest will have different juries, with 16 members instead of 8, and they will see the artists too, so everything could change.
ARD has previously announced that if Germany didn't get to Oslo, they wouldn't show the final. However they have relented - it will be shown later. Germany is the only country to have been in all 40 contests, but this record will now be broken.
Croatia was pretty brave. On Friday they had a scheduled documentary on their selection contest, the Dora. Had Croatia not passed pre-selection, this might have been more of an inquest.
Here is a report from a juror in the United Kingdom jury, who wishes to remain anonymous.
"There were 8 jurors in the UK jury. We heard the songs twice on Wednesday, and once on Thursday morning. They were presented mostly in alphabetical order of country. We had only the English title, and country. No lyrics were provided [different to the real final].
Sound quality was excellent, being fed from Digital Audio Tape into large speakers. Each of us voted on the last playing on Thursday morning, in the form of 12 points to the best, 10 to the next, 8, and so on [again different to the real final where each song is voted on - here only 10 songs got votes from each person]. There was the odd show of hands for a draw, and we were told the results were to be kept secret amongst ourselves.
After a long excellent lunch on Thursday, the results were faxed to Geneva. We were told to phone the BBC on Friday at 4pm for the final result, but when I phoned they were unable, or unwilling, to give me anything but that the UK was through.
I am stunned Germany, and Israel are out."
Here are the juror's comments on each song heard, with the English titles given.
It seems some versions presented had been changed since the national finals.
The UK jury's votes, and some other countries votes, are below this list:
Here are some of the votes for each jury, as I have them. There is some confusion over the UK votes. The version I have is from a reliable source:
Jury -> UK Dutch Ireland Portugal Belgium 7 - 4 6 Cyprus 2 - - - Denmark - - 2 - Estonia - 10 - - FYROM(Maced.)- 1 - - France - - 5 4 Germany 10 - - - Greece - - - 10 Hungary - 5 - - Ireland 12 6 - 3 Malta - - 6 2 Netherland - - 3 12 Poland 1 8 - - Portugal 6 4 - - Rumania - - 1 - Russia 5 - - - Slovenia 4 3 10 - Spain - - - 5 Sweden 8 12 12 8 Switzerland - 2 7 7 Turkey 3 - - 1 UK - 7 8 -
Thanks to some 'reliable souces' for all this news.