Press conferences are always good places to pick up scintillating bits of info, and the Semifinal 1 Qualifiers press conference last Tuesday night was no different.
It was interesting to note that unlike previous years, this year the qualifiers would only draw to decide whether they will sing in the First Half or in the Second Half during the Grand Final next Saturday. The actual position numbers among the 26 available places will be decided later.
When asked how she felt to qualify to the Grand Final, Birgit (Estonia) replied, "It was a surprise for me because Finland was not in this Semifinal..". (Ross: as the ever-loving-neighbour Finland would certainly have voted for you, Birgit!).
When asked about her barefooted performance, Emmelie de Forest (Denmark) said, "I feel comfortable not wearing shoes.." (Ross: and pretty feet she has too..).
When asked why she looked emotional on stage, Dina Garipova (Russia) said, "It is a song about all of us..We are One..". During the voting Dina had a doll with her which she said was "..a gift from my fans - a little grandma..". (Ross: wonder if the grandma fan was one of the Russian grannies who sang last year?)
A journalist commented that Ukraine keeps sending beautiful female singers and asked Zlata Ognevich (Ukraine) if the country actually has any handsome male singers. Zlata replied, "Of course, we have VERKA SERDUCHKA!".
Before Anouk (the Netherlands) could draw her performance position in the Grand Final, she was asked if she would prefer to draw the First Half or the Second Half, to which a curious Anouk replied, "..What's the deal..?".
Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium) revealed that he had made a bet to cut his hair if Belgium made it to the Grand Final (but we don't know exactly when the hair cutting will happen though..let's wait and see how he looks next Saturday!). The Belgian Head of Delegation said that Roberto should celebrate his success, but she will keep a close eye on what he does because he is only eighteen (..aww, Bless..).
Ignoring the non-political nature of Eurovision and this year's slogan of "We Are One", a journalist asked Alyona Lanskaya (Belarus) if a win for Belarus this year would help the country become more open and democratic. The concerned event hostess said that she was not sure if the artist would be able to answer that question but would let the artist decide what to do, and Alyona Lanskaya simply said, "I love my motherland, and if we win everyone will be welcome to Belarus..". (Ross: You GO girl..good answer!).
When asked how long her dress actually was, Aliona Moon (Moldova) replied, "We don't know..". (Ross: the dress really is long..and high..and lights up..).
Ryan Dolan (Ireland) admitted that his priest is coming to Malmö to see him perform, and before Ryan left Ireland the priest even "..Gave me a medallion to keep in my pocket..". (Ross: no wonder Ireland is so successful in Eurovision when even their priests are involved..).
When asked to whom he dedicates his song, charming Andrius Pojavis simply said, "For my country..".