I am so glad I flew out here to experience Eurovision live. The people, the facilities, the energy -- it's so much more than just the three shows. The people working here are charged up. And the acts from each country are having the time of their life.
As this year's host of Eurovision, Azerbaijan may well impress visitors with its beautiful, entertaining capital city of Baku and friendly, considerate people, but not with how its government treats the people.
The blond-quiffed twins known as 'Jedward' will represent Ireland at Eurovision 2011 with their song "Lipstick." I spoke with them ahead of Eurovision about their hair, their aspirations and why they'll stand out in the competition.
Every year aspiring pop stars pull out their English language dictionaries and write lyrics they hope will appeal to English-speaking audiences. Unfortunately, many end up singing in "Eurovision English."