Baby Jolly Man Face
Apparently the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) had the final say.I was coming to post this. Someone in the government has half a brain and realized that putting all those half-naked singers in the holy city wasn't such a good idea. In Tel Aviv they can walk down the street in costume and people will barely notice.
I know -- I watched it live even here in the US! LOVE Jonida Maliqi's studio cut of "Kotheu Tokes" (I probably just misspelled that), but I thought the live version across the three night MARATHON that was FiK failed to live up to the magic -- I really thought Lidia Lufi's "Rrefehem" (which I probably ALSO just horribly misspelled) was dynamic and strong and better across all the nights, and the vote was close -- but in the end, I'm not surprised Jonida won overall, her song had created such buzz in the run-up before the contest!
There will be a singer Sebastian Rejman with Darude. They choose from three different songs, which are introduced 8.2., 15.2. and 22.2.
It would be nice to see Kerrie-Anne in Tel Aviv, but she wasn't as impressive live as in the studio version. I think it was a wise choice to select Michael Rice, even if his song isn't particularly original. UK finally stands a chance of being closer to top 10 .Apparently Eurofans are about Kerrie-Anne not winning.
I didn't hear any of the songs so I have no opinion on the matter.