Are you desperate for entertainment during a midweek evening in May? Are you the type that flicks through the channels like Sumo TV and SyFy? Then there's every chance you'll come across the first Semi Final of the 2016 contest on Tuesday the 10th of May. Go on, it'll break the week up.

On this page you can see my predictions for the first semi-final 2016 which were made in a drunken mist at the end of April. This is slightly more predictable of the two build-ups, however it has a longer tail than a pangolin, illustrated by a couple of 250/1 shots predicted to be pulled from their golden envelope.

The UK votes in the other semi on Thursday, so tonight's semi will be purely based on listening and watching the various Euro N-list celebs. The rehearsals are not due to get underway for a couple of weeks, so I have to go off studio efforts and where available, the live NF performance. No surprise to see the Great Russian Bear tm topping the leaderboard, as it also does the overall betting for the contest. But I do this under duress as the song isn't up to much. A bit more joy can be found further on so it's nose-bleed time for the Croatian ballard, and the ever-reliable Magyars fill the top 3. Azerbaijan & Armenia are then separated by a thin red line, Estonia exceed common expectation to come in sixth (however they failed come the reckoning). Low range rockers the Cypriots excel, Malta surge in alongside, and Czech Rep and Bosnia Herzegovina complete the line up (but also failed). So all in all the many relative minnows will have a rare chance to shine on Saturday when they would normally be happy to just vote. As it turnoed out, Dour Bob and Merry Zoe got through instead.
I've also had a pop at the other semi final here and the final already. I'm not going to be able to update them following the semi-final. You can view it here.

1. Russia 2. Croatia 3. Hungary
4. Azerbaijan

5. Armenia

6. Estonia

7.Cyprus 8. Malta 9. Czech Rep

10. Bos & Herz

11. Netherlands

12. Moldova

13. Finland

14. Austria
15. Iceland


17. Montenegro 18. San Marino