I bring sobering news: The Eurovision 2022 winners will not be Latvia, whose Making Veganism Sexy anthem “Eat Your Salad” did not get through. This is obviously a catastrophe, as is the elimination of a man riding a mechanical bull.

Everyone has Ukraine pegged to win this thing, and does that not feel like a very mixed blessing for them? Does that nation really want to get stuck hosting Eurovision next year? Don’t they have a LOT more things to worry about right now? And, as predicted in these comments, sentiment toward the UK may have mellowed, because that song is doing very well with bookies right now. I deliberately don’t watch the Grand Finalists until the day-of, so I can’t weigh in on anything but these acts; pretty much everywhere but the U.S. can go to Eurovision’s YouTube to watch the performances in Semi-Final 1 and Semi-Final 2 and everyone Stateside has to sign up for that free Peacock trial.

And now, a farewell celebration for the entries from Albania, Latvia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Austria, Israel, Georgia, Malta, San Marino, Cyprus, Ireland, Montenegro, and North Macedonia. Oh, except it turns out I didn’t download any pictures of Austria, which is just as well; the song was awful and they were just standing in a circle of lights the whole time. Yawn.

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