Audible trends: Female soloists. String sections.
Visual trends: Fantasy and SF elements. Lack of dancers. Ballgowns. Women in clothing tied on or laced up. Sunglasses.
Best solo: Switzerland - Paolo Meneguzzi, "Era Stupendo"
Best duet: Romania - Nico and Vlad, "Pe-o Margine De Lume"
Best classical fusion song: Belgium - Ishtar, "O Julissi"
Best modern fusion song: Bulgaria - Deep Zone and Balthazar, "DJ, Take Me Away"
Best Plot: Malta - Morena, "Vodka"
Silliest: Hard call between Spain's instructional dance video and Latvia's pirates.
Albania - Olta Boka, "Zemrën E Lamë Peng" - The singer is a fluffy pink sorceress looking after a mausoleum full of lost souls. A yearning pop ballad with an interesting - but not overly memorable - beat.
Andorra - Gisela, "Casanova" - I too would be thrilled to run through a snowstorm in the middle of a forest wearing only an off-the-shoulder ballgown and heels, of course. The singer chooses worlds from an endless corridor whose doors lead there; one includes being an ice-water mermaid. There's a tragic visual twist to the visual tale. The song itself is a perky bit of pop fluff.
Armenia - Sirusho, "Qele, Qele" - An assertive folk-pop song with strange and suggestive uses of oversized drums.
Azerbaijan - Elnur and Samir, "Day After Day". - Reasoned discourse between a sweater-clad angel and a vampiric devil, in pop-rock-opera form. The first interesting one so far.
Belarus - Ruslan Alehno, "Hasta La Vista" - A callous little relationship pop ballad set in a masked ball tending towards orgy. Mentions "fairy tales" and has an iguana in it.
Belgium - Ishtar, "O Julissi" - A happy, homely folk-medieval-pop-classical piece with animated old pictures. Good for group singalongs, although the lyrics are nonsense.
Bosnia & Herz. - Laka, "Pokuöaj (Try)" - Like a pop parody of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting, set in the 1970s with singers who know they're singing silly things and dancers who twitch.
Bulgaria - Deep Zone and Balthazar, "DJ, Take Me Away" - More music than song, catchy, simplistic, rhythmic pop piece sung by burlesque-clothed singer with strong dance and hip-hop themes.
Croatia - Kraljevi Ulice and 75 Cents, "Romanca" - Pleasant folk song with 70-something rapper and a gymnastic female dancer in ballgown on a tram.
Cyprus - Evdokia Kadi, "Femme Fatale" - A smug folk-pop-polka-cha-cha song about a woman who amorously enslaves men. The BBC's Eurovision site's text calls this "girl power".
Czech Republic - Tereza Kerndlov, "Have Some Fun" - An unexpectedly intelligent video about a day in a restaurant. A friendly pop song with dance underlay.
Denmark - Simon Mathew, "All Night Long" - Reminiscent of "Love is all you need", but with a message of "have fun", a speakeasy setting, a flapper, and burlesque dancers.
Estonia - Kreisiraadio, "Leto Svet" - A novelty song about being bored of various foods, sung in Serbo-Croatian, German, and Finnish by a trio of suits, with shiny-gold-clad step-dancing cheerleaders.
Finland - Teräsbetoni, Missä Miehet Ratsastaa" - A perfectly decent piece of heavy metal, but the video - an epic tale of barbarian warriors, travel between worlds, and mistaken identities - is more interesting than the music.
France - Sébastien Tellier, "Divine" - A bittersweet, uptempo song to bop along to, featuring a very silly video about singing at inappropriate moments.
FYR Macedonia - Tamara, Vrcak and Adrijan, "Let Me Love You" - A typically forgettable Eurovision piece, pop/folk/rap, with riffs that remind me of the far more interesting Eurovision-winning song from Turkey, "Every Way That I Can".
Georgia - Diana Gurtskaya, "Peace Will Come" - A defiant anti-war song by a rough-voiced alto; based on the video, war requires teamwork, peace is passively hoped for by scattered invididuals.
Germany - No Angels, "Disappear" - A bittersweet pop song sung by a harmonic quartet whose refrain shows great promise but then doesn't go much of anywhere.
Greece - Kalomira, "Secret Combination" - Upbeat flirty dance song with perky diva; probably the best dancing so far, but that's not saying much.
Hungary - Csézy, "Candlelight" - Strong, yearning, hopeful pop ballad, with a video that's part Matrix, part magical surrealism.
Iceland - Euroband, "This Is My Life" - Happy power ballad with dance beat and energetically balletic backing dancers.
Ireland - Dustin the Turkey, "Irelande Douze Pointe" - The turkey puppet song is surprisingly intelligent and catchy.
Israel - Boaz, "The Fire In Your Eyes" - A yearning, tuneful pop ballad for waving cigarette lighters and cell phones to.
Latvia - Pirates of the Sea, "Wolves of the Sea" - A very earnest, rousing, inspiring pirate ballad/dance tune which is intrinsically silly.
Lithuania - Jeronimas Milius, "Nomads in the Night" - This moody operatic rock ballad would have benefitted from werewolf backup dancers.
Malta - Morena, "Vodka" - What fun! A Mission-Impossible-style plot in song and video to a driving beat.
Moldova - Geta Burlacu, "A Century of Love" - I wonder if they'll bubbles on the stage when performing this lounge jazz piece with a Latin beat like they do in the video?
Montenegro - Stefan Filipovic, Zauvijek Volim Te" - Feathers blow through the video like this earnest pop-rock piece is blowing through my mind.
Netherlands - Hind, "Your Heart Belongs to Me" - A decent but not-particularly-distinctive dance song with Middle Eastern influences about adult relationships set in a children's nursery.
Norway - Maria, Hold On Be Strong" - Slightly whiny lyrics which are meant to be inspiring to a perfectly adequate pop song.
Poland - Isis Gee, "For Life" - Wedding-themed pop ballad sung by powerful singer backed by string quartet; I thought it generic at first, but it grew on me.
Portugal - Vânia Fernandes, "Senhora Do Mar (Negras Águas)" - Assertive pop ballad with elegant lyrics in a minor key with backing singers dressed ritualistic white.
Romania - Nico and Vlad, "Pe-o Margine De Lume" - A beautiful operatic, lushly symponic pop ballad duet featuring expensive woodwork on a sandy beach. Submitted under scandal-ridden circumstances.
Russia - Dima Bilan, "Believe" - A hypnotic power ballad sung by a guy with a powerful voice.
San Marino - Miodio, "Complice" - Lonely symphonic pop boy band song about a bittersweet relationship, yearning, but on that small-scale-everyday kind of scale.
Serbia - Jelena Tomaöevic feat. Bora Dugic, "Oro" - Folk-pop power pop in a ballgown, like a large-scale performance of a nursery song.
Slovenia - Rebeka Dremelj, "Vrag Naj Vzame" - Upbeat, catchy dance song in a minor key about destructive relationships. The song for which I'd most like to see some good (any!) choreography.
Spain - Rodolfo Chikilicuatre, "Baila El Chiki Chiki" - It's like an instructional video, with backing dancers who can't take themselves seriously, and an artificially serious commedian/singer with seriously tall hair singing reggae/rap. Strangely hypnotic.
Sweden - Charlotte Perrelli, "Hero" - Appealing dance ballad with a driving beat. The lyrics are pretty generic, but the tune was decent.
Switzerland - Paolo Meneguzzi, "Era Stupendo" - A rare beastie in this year's contest, a power ballad sung by a male singer. Inspirational, dance-able, cigarette-lightable. I like it.
Turkey - Mor ve Ötesi, "Deli" - Alt-rock, generic, driving beat, flashing lights.
Ukraine - Ani Lorak, "Shady Lady" - Driving disco beat sung in skimpy formalware; forboding overtones culminate in - popular choice this year - shattering glass/mirrors.
UK - Andy Abraham, "Even If" - Not bad bit of jazzy pop, but it sounds like so many other songs I struggle to remember it. For a song with so much movement, the video's vignettes are remarkably still.
Dance highlights (for marzapane): Iceland, Moldova, Ukraine, Greece, Switzerland (especially the breakdancing)
If I were to give a prize for most intellectual song, it would go to Ireland - Dustin the Turkey, "Irelande Douze Pointe". Seriously.
Notable lyrics: From Croatia - Kraljevi Ulice and 75 Cents, "Romanca". "BUT I WAS THE FIRST THE INTERNET / IN THE WORLD / SAILING ON SHIPS WITH MY MUSIC / I CONNECTED THE PLANET"