WOW! Eurovision tries its best to stay as non-political and neutral as possible, but there can be no doubt that tonight’s events furthered the cause of acceptance and celebration of all sorts of people and styles. This feeling was summarised in the winner’s speech, delivered by Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst in what will surely be one of the milestone moments in the contest.
So now the confetti is settling, let’s take a moment to look at how the results panned out!
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Right, this is it! Eurovision week has raced past, and both semi-finals have taken place. You can read my reviews of Semi 1 & Semi 2 if you like! But let’s look forward for tomorrow’s Grand Final.
25 countries have fought (or bought) their way to the grand final, defeating 12 other nations for the chance of Eurovision victory. But only one can be victorious, and bring the contest back to their home country for 2015 (unless it’s currently being annexed). Who will it be?
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At last!! The final entry on the road to Copenhagen, and which one could I finish on – why, the host of course!
Denmark debuted in the second contest right back in 1957, making it one of the longest-competing nations in Eurovision. After their first victory in 1963, they took and 11-year hiatus over the 1970s, but have been a regular competitor since, picking up another victory in 1999. Their qualification record is good too, reaching 7 finals of the 9 contest where they were requested to qualify.
This year though, they get a free pass to the final, as Emmelie de Forest won the 2013 Malmö contest with “Only Teardrops“. It was a bit of history repeating, following their 1999 win when the contest was last in Sweden. On home turf at Copenhagen’s 2000 contest they came 2nd – could they challenge for the win again this year? Continue reading
All this excitement about Copenhagen this year, and it’s almost with a bit of an afterthought that Eurovision’s 2014 hosts have selected their entry. An afterthought to me anyway, though you never know if they’ll want to win again. It’s been 20 years since the host last won Eurovision, as part of Ireland’s hat-trick of wins in the early 90s. Others have come close though, Azerbaijan came 4th in Baku, and before that Denmark themselves came 2nd in Copenhagen. Could history repeat itself, or could they even go one better?
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is here to find out, with one of the last big selection shows of the selection season. Never quite as amazing as its neighbour Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, but it’s had a few great entries recently. Ten songs were selected to compete in Odense, with a 50/50 SMS & jury vote choosing the top 3, and again to pick the ultimate winner.
But could this be a winner? Do Denmark even want to keep Eurovision for another year? Will that even make a difference? Let’s see.
Time to continue our upward climb through the songs presented at Tallinn’s first Eurovision Song Contest. The first nine might not have been all-time classics but maybe 2002 won’t be a dead loss after all.
Although I would say, the standard of songs in 2002 was such that LATVIA won. I mean come on! You remember Latvia, right?