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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Last of the Big Five now, and WHAT a song. But could it be another Big Five victory – only the second one this century?
For France, it will have been a victory long-awaited. You have to rewind back to 1977 for their last win, and back to 2002 to find their last top 5 finish. Once thing I have always loved about them though, is that despite the last decade being full of disappointing results (including half of them finishing in the bottom 5), they have always brought something interesting to the show. There is no “typical” French entry. For this reason, I think they deserve more to show for their position as a founder member of the contest. Continue reading
It’s been a little while since France have chosen their entry in a public selection event – 2007’s Les Fatal Picards were the last winners of a French national final, and considering they came in the bottom 5, it seems the French wanted to take matters into their own hands.
France is a founding member of Eurovision, obvious by the usage of French as the other official language in the contest. One paper it’s a heavyweight; five wins and numerous top 3 finishes. But their last win was back in 1977, and they haven’t troubled the top 5 since 2002, often unfairly handicapped with the same poor results as the UK for the last decade, even turning 2011’s runaway favourite into a 15th place finish.
Internal selection hasn’t turned things around much, with their 2012 & 2013 entries both ending up dead last in the overall public vote. Will the public input to this final finally change that? Tentatively only three entries were picked as finalists, and a 50/50 jury/televote decided the entry taking the Tricolore in Denmark.
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?