May 16th, 2009

Fishy Circumstances

Eurovision notes

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For once, the hosts were not annoying! Indeed, the male presenter won my fondness for verbally preferring sandglasses to digital timers and arguing that a DVD will last a thousand years if well-treated. Speaking of hosts: I am so grateful for Norton after the last few years when Wogan talked over the songs.

The moment when cosmonauts, live from the International Space Station, opened the voting was genius.

Notably, all countries received at least 20 points; this egalitarian development may very well be a by-product of moving back to partial jury voting this year, with half of each country's votes coming from juries instead of popular votes.