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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Big Five time, I haven’t done many of these so far, have I? I’m using a random number generator thing to do it, so don’t blame me. But anyway, yeah here’s DEUTSCHLAND.
As one of the Big Five, it’s easy to say that Germany have ‘enjoyed’ their status as one of the biggest contributors to the EBU, gaining them automatic entry to the Grand Final. But in reality, the last decade hasn’t been too kind to any of them. Germany though have seen one of the biggest turnarounds of a Big Five nation, emerging from a wilderness of near-bottom finishes to win the 2010 contest in Oslo, with Lena’s “Satellite”.
Lena returned to defend her crown on home soil, and finished 10th in Dusseldorf. The following year, Roman Lob also claimed a top 10 finish in Baku, but in Malmö last year, Cascada failed to impress and even ended up getting beaten by the UK! Was 2010 just a fluke, or will Germany claim its 3rd victory this year? Continue reading
Five more national finals to cover, and amongst these was the last of the “Big Five” – the five largest contributors to the EBU: Italy, France, Spain, United Kingdom and today’s focus Germany. They are able to lord it up over the other Big Five, as it’s been a LONG time since another of the others won. Germany recently took home the Eurovision trophy when Lena’s “Satellite” won 2010’s contest in Oslo. Since then they’ve been doing rather well, with a further two top 10 finishes, and a bit of a rude awakening when Cascada were less than Glorious in Malmö.
Germany are a pillar of Eurovision, the only nation to apply for every show since its beginnings in 1956, though they missed the 1996 final after failing an untelevised qualification round. To their name they’ve only picked up two victories – Nicole’s memorable “A little peace” in 1982, and Lena’s “Satellite” in 2010. Could they manage it again?
Unser Song für Dänemark is Germany’s national final, again staged in a large arena to a huge crowd. Eight artists were selected for the final, with a totally unique and bizarre setup for selecting the winner. Each act was asked to bring TWO songs. After performing the first one, the top 4 acts were voted through by SMS. In the second round, these acts’ second songs were performed, and the public again voted across all eight songs. The top 2 songs then went to a final showdown by SMS, but only if they were from different artists. If one act got the two highest voted songs, they’d sacrifice the second-place for someone else’s third place.
Totally bonkers, meaning the acts invariably put their better songs on first, and making you wonder why they ever needed two songs in the first place! Well I’m sure the Germans know what they are doing… let’s see, shall we?
THIS IS IT. The final five. I know you’ve all been chewing your nails and that’s not good because you might get an infection or something. I mean imagine if one of your fingers dropped off, I couldn’t forgive myself. You wouldn’t be able to type as fast, it would be all weird. I could lose one of my little fingers I think, I don’t use the left one really.
So yeah, anyway, Tallinn! It’s been a punishing selection. Who would have thought we’d have had something as amazing as Malmö 2013 having just watched Tallinn 2002? Hell, even 2008 was blinding. But here are the cream of the crop, the kings of the hills etc. Hope you like them. Continue reading