7:00 PM: Sorry to get the UK's hope up; only 2 of my 10 did not finish in the top 10! But, stoked that Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands performed to expectations. And, nice to Armenia hang in there, even if they never really regained their mojo after their semi-final round. Russia's reasonably high finish was more political than anything else … it was getting really testy in that arena whenever anything from Russia was mentioned. Until next year …

6:20 PM: Happy to see top three going into finals finish as top three, but Austria did leapfrog Sweden!

6:17 PM: It is going to be Austria, the Netherlands, and Sweden …

6:14 PM: Only Netherlands and Sweden are still alive after 25 of 37 votes … it is Austria's to lose still …

6:03 PM: Wow!!! Sweden gave their top points to Austria … good sports!

5:58 PM: Voting is 1/3 through and Austria and Sweden are in a tight fight for the top spot … 75% says it is one of them! 44% for Austria and 31% for Sweden …

5:48 PM: Voting is finally being released and crowd had to be reminded not to boo Russia …

5:22 PM: Still voting, but the market is getting more and confident … Betfair almost to 50% that Austria will win this one …

5:09 PM: Here are the updated likelihoods, post-finals … Austria goes into the voting at 39% to Sweden's 24%, and the Netherlands 13%.

4:57 PM: Netherlands was good, but not great. Going into the final competitor we have Austria at 36%, Sweden at 26%, and Netherlands at 13%. The UK is up now at 6% …

4:45 PM: Final contenders are about to take the stage and Austria is still in the lead with 32% and Sweden with 25%. The Netherlands at 16% is up next though and the UK at 5% is last …

4:18 PM: Everything is holding petty steady as we wait for the last of the big five in about 20 minutes …

4:11 PM: Sweden did well, but not well enough to get that lead back from Austria. Current forecast is Austria at 34% and Sweden at 26%. The Netherlands and UK are the 24th and 26th competitors respectively (out of 26). So still waiting on them …

4:05 PM: It is 4:05 PM in New York City, USA or 10:05 PM in Copenhagen, Denmark and I am now blogging live for the rest of the Eurovision competition. Halfway through tonight's finals there is some serious movement in the likelihoods of victory. With Armenia and Austria both already finished the crowd has spoken – Austria rocked and Armenia flopped. Austria is now at 34% likelihood for victory with Armenia down to 3%. Sweden is singing now …