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Now, Glyn and I usually predict who's going to get out of the semi-final stages at Eurovision. This year we've decided to see who's likely to do what in the final. We've each picked our Top 10 and our bottom three and we'll find out after the show who is the most prescient (Glyn says he has had a Eurovision vision about Ireland). Neither of us have plumped for the UK despite Bonnie wowing the crowds in rehearsals - why is it that we Brits never want to imagine that we'll do well?
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13. The Netherlands
15. United Kingdom
Sorry it couldn't have been a funkier graphic. I genuinely though the nig name draw of Bonnie Tyler would have earned itself a spot between 21 and 25 but after the anguish of having to open the show last year, I'm not going to be too over-analytical about the perils of singing from 15th slot. The Hump would have swapped with her in a flash. As it stands, Believe in Me will be performed between the counter tenor antics of Cezar from Romania and the host entry which is set to get the roar of the night. Hopefully Blighty can squeeze into the first 15 on the scoreboard.
Well done to Ireland for landing the dream ticket of singing last. That hasn't happened since 1970 - and we all know what happened then. There's two strong contenders in 24th and 25th spot as well with Norway and Georgia while absolute favourites Denmark sing from a healthy 18th position. As for my absolute faourite this year, Anouk from the Netherlands, she's been placed as late as possible in the first half, going 13th.
I can see this year's winner coming from somewhere between slots 18 and 26 - but I've been wrong before. At the end of the day, this is the Eurovision Song Contest and while it can be distracting to go over statistics, etc, it's an event with such varied content each year that I'm not entirely convinced it stands up too much scientific analysis. Let's just enjoy it instead.
I'll admit I did this in a rush and the internet kept cutting out with half an hour to go before the show but that was no excuse for me to leave out those dead certs Greece and Azerbaijan. I'm a bad fan. Well done Glyn for picking nine correctly. That gives him 15/20 correct predictions for this year and me 14.
In a few hours from now we will know the running order for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest and the first full rehearsals start tomorrow. We're almost there. Where do you think we'll be off to next year?
Following Tuesday's predictions, here is how our household envisages tonight's taking shape. I managed eight out of 10 and Glyn correctly guessed six. We'll find out tonight which one of us has made the most right choices for 2013 - and I've got my fingers crossed for Malta tonight (so has my bank balance). Wherever you're watching it, enjoy the show!
Thank you for all your votes. On the day the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 kicks in proper with the first semi-final in Malmo this evening, it's time to find out who the good readers of Boom Bang a Blog have picked as their favourite.
These are the results of the Big Vote. Click 'Continue Reading' to find out more.
It's that time of year again. We now know all 39 songs entered for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Which is your Top 10? This is the place to vote. Click 'Continue Reading' and cast your vote. It's as simple as that. Can't wait to crown Belgium your favourite once all the votes are in...
Bonnie Tyler with Believe in Me, the UK entry to Eurovision 2013
It's leaked. Eleven days before the official announcement was due, the BBC has - for the second time in three eyars - been forced to show its hand and announce Bonnie Tyler as the act that will represent the UK in Malmo in May.
I must confess (and this is the first time it's ever happened to me), I got a tip-off from sombody in the know about a week ago but I was still surprised to hear it confirmed this morning. It's fair to say that the song isn't getting a lot of love on the internet and for the first time since 2007, I'm struggling to find something positive to say about our chances. I seriously doubt we'll be hovering much higher than 20th come May 18 and that's a real shame. When you think of Bonnie Tyler, you think of power pop or ballads with so much thrust it verges on the filthy. This is a pedestrian country ballad which limps along for three minutes and doesn't do much else. Unbelievably, it's from the same composer as Livin' La Vida Loca.
Bonnie has already been singing Believe in Me on her recent tour (here's a clip) although this is where another thorn crops up. The state of Bonnie's singing voice. I don't wish to sound ignorant as I couldn't hold a note in a bucket but listen to this live performance of Holdin' Out For a Hero filmed in Paris a few years ago should explain my concerns. Mind you, getting someone who sounds like they chew on ashtrays for fun to interpret this song on stage could be a little diverting for the audience.
I will always support the UK entry if I can, heck, I even had high-ish hopes for Andy Abraham five years ago. I really hope Bonnie does better than I'm predicting as she deserves some reward for giving this a go. At the moment though, it sounds like something which would finish fifth in an Irish heat in 1985.
For a Eurovision fan of 20 years' standing, it's a heartache.