Conchita, the reigning Queen of Eurovision got the night started with her now iconic 'Rise Like a Phoenix'. For some, this alone might have been enough, pack me up and send me home. But let's not forget we had 16 countries all competing for a spot in the hallowed Grand Final.
I’m not going to go through every performance - that would take far too long! But here are some personal highlights...
There is one other thing I need to talk about and it’s something I very rarely feel. An unbridled sense of patriotism every time Australia was mentioned, followed by some loud cheering by every Australian in the room – trust me, lots of us have made the pilgrimage. I never thought I’d say I ever really wanted to see Guy Sebastian sing, but this is one thing I feel I cannot miss. The patriotism doesn’t extend to chanting the chant I dare not write. But it is there and it is strong.
Qualifiers for the Grand Final