Tonight is the big night for the fans, the European television audience, journalists and, above all, the participants in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest final. Athens is getting ready for one of the biggest celebrations in history of the 3,000 year old city, while the production team is working on the last details.
Tipped for victory are Sweden, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Finland and Greece. Generally, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Norway are generally considered to be 'dangerous' outsiders. Some even count Israel and Croatia among those countries that can cause unexpected surprises! The top-3 of the BigPoll is constantly changing during the past 24 hours, so don't hesitate to vote and predict the winner correctly for the third consecutive time. The BigPoll 2006 closes at 18:00 CET, you can vote here (members only).
Throughout the day, esctoday.com will be reporting from the OAKA Olympic Indoor Arena press centre, to give you an impression of the atmosphere, the predictions, expectations and surprise visits of tonight's stars. An interview with Mihai from Romania can be found on the website later today, for example!