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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!
Bonnie Tyler will perform in the SECOND half of the draw on Saturday.
That means anywhere from 14th to 26th...
This is good news!
Earlier today, Bonnie Tyler had her first run-through on the stage at the Malmo Arena for the performance of Believe in Me on Saturday. This clip from the official website only gives you a briefest titbit of how it will sound (and it's reassuringly accomplished) - but it does give away what is likely to be the closest Bonnie gets to a Bucks Fizz-type gimmick. Don't click on play if you want to save the surprise.