Anyhow RTÉ have said that their Eurovision budget was €226,000. Now hear at The Best Eurovision Blog we are very pro-Ireland and openly so. This budget figure is excellent, when you consider that they got about 7 1/2 hours of TV i.e. about €30,100 per hour and this represents great value for money at a time when RTÉ are trying to cut costs. Especially if you consider Fair City costs about 3 times this per hour. This figure also excludes the amount of extra promotion on Radio etc.
In other news News.az is expecting 60,000 visitors to Azerbaijan for ESC. While this may seem a bit over optimistic, this is the first time I have seen them admit to the number of visitors they should expect.
Anyway as we are a little short of news I shall put up another country from our series And the Winner is... This one is dedicated to Portugal:
Even if they are not best country in Eurovision they deserve a mention. Portugal does have a very strong selection process. However this year they had a minor setback from a hat trick of qualifications which was quite remarkable for Portugal. But in the next three years I think they will break the top 5. However one of the main obstacles is their highly conservative juries, blocking good songs like Tenaso, En Nom Do Amor, Canta Por Mim and Juntos Vamos Conseguir, if they diluted the jury input they may get a better chance. However still when I talk of Portugal I don't talk of them winning. I just talk about them qualifing.
Lisbon 2013? It’s a long shot, a very long shot.