First of all: Huge congratulations to Sweden and Mans Zelmerlöw in particular.
This year’s finale of the Eurovision Song Contest was filled with ballads, black dresses with large cleavages and good-looking men. Oh... and there was some good music as well, I guess. However, I have to admit that about halfway through the show, I was happy I took my phone to our local viewing party. I couldn’t tell the difference between the songs by that point.
Who else is rooting for a new Eurovision law, so that there has to be an equal amount of ballads and fun, dance-y songs? No wonder an “upbeat pop track” – as BBC put it – won. Sweden delivered a genius show and that little animated guy on screen was adorable!
As we all know, there were some finalists determined without having to compete, because they help fund the show. The UK, Germany and France for example. I believe the problem for those countries, Austria included, is that people have never heard the songs before. Therefore, they hardly made any points, as Austria and Germany tied in the 26th place with 0 points. This, I have to admit, is rather disappointing, but hey, there is always a next year. Austria should have competed with Conchita Wurst again, or some other crazy artist, but anyway, The Makemakes will make their way, with or without ESC2015 points.
The UK used a dress that had some sort of LED lamps in the fabric and I have to admit, I liked it. Same goes for the song, since it was quite old-style in terms of rhythm – it reminded me of a 1920s Charleston.
Australia, on the other hand, had a great entry: Guy Sebastian performing “Tonight Again” – not sure whether they have grasped the concept of ESC, as the music, apparently, has to be as bad as possible.
Runner ups are Russia (“A Million Voices”) with a song about equality, great movement in the right direction, in my view, and Italy (Il Volo, “Grande Amore”) with devoted fans all over Europe already.
Finally, I would like to state that the political voting at Eurovision is terrible every year. A better way of doing the officially longest running singing contest worldwide would be by having each individual vote for their favourite song. Looking forward to seeing this happen!
You can catch all the performances online, if you missed them. Which country's entry did you like the most? Let us know in the comments!
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