The first semi final was on last night featuring Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and The Netherlands. Ten of the sixteen countries move on to the Grand Final on Saturday. Five countries, included the UK, have magically pre-qualified for the final. Confused yet? Most likely you won't have the stomach to get through three Eurovisions in some kind of Groundhod Day-esque nightmare, so to cut a long story short Moldova, Netherlands, Finland, Macedonia, Belarus and Denmark have already got the boot. Russia was the standout and has come down in the betting odds (now 3-1). It's an odd one to judge because politically Russia is currently poles apart from a 'Eurovision vibe' but at the same time their song this year cynically or otherwise ticks every box, inclusive, humanity themed, anthemic, and so who knows how this will go down with voters. They avoided getting booed at least, unlike last year.
As naff as I make it sound, there legitimately are a fair few good songs in the 2015 Eurovision, which makes it a tricky one to call. Expect another update before the final.
Update: The background visuals for the Swedish entry really were something else. Its going to be difficult to top, and I can well see why it's still short favourite. I'd be tempted to have a bet on this to win at 6/4, and a bet on Mørland & Debrah Scarlett - A Monster Like Me to come top four. Odds for that are a decent 4-1.