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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They say the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plane. I can’t remember why they say that, but it’s not going to stop Ruth Lorenzo bringing some sunshine into the Eurovision final, and hoping to recover Spain’s fortunes from last year’s unfortunate last place finish.
As one of the Big Five, Spain gets a free ticket into the grand final, but this hasn’t always equated to an easy ride. Out of the Big Five (along with France, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom), Spain has probably struggled the most to get a good result. Its two back-to-back victories were 45 years ago now, and you need to go back to 1995 before you find Spain in the top 5.
The semi-final era if anything has been even worse, with only a few bright moments such as Pastora Soler’s 10th place finish in Baku with the amazing “Quédate Conmigo” (should’ve been higher). This year the Spanish have gone for an internal selection, and Ruth Lorenzo emerged victorious.
It’s been three years since Spain last opted for a national final to select their artist for Eurovision, but after the lukewarm reception their big name ESDM got in Malmö, it’s back to the drawing board. So five artists have been selected this year to compete for the right to fly la Rojigualda in Copenhagen, including one familiar face to UK viewers…
Yes, after a few years of speculation, it was a bit of a surprise that X-Factor UK alumnus Ruth Lorenzo made good on her plans and attempted to represent her home country. Having come 5th on 2008’s fifth season of X-Factor, I wonder if that will translate to some British votes. Curiously, that year’s 3rd place contestant Eoghan Quigg could well be representing Ireland if tonight’s Eurosong goes his way. Reunion! Shame the UK couldn’t send Alexandra Burke though, quite frankly.
Anyway, a 50/50 split of Jury/Televote decided the winner, though Ruth and Brequette reached a draw. Ruth won the public vote, so she ended up winning, much to her own surprise about 2 minutes after everyone else knew (see the clip at the end of the article, amazing! “SOY YO??”) Continue reading
A looong delay on this one, I have been slowly but surely enjoying (broadly) the delights of the 21st century’s Eurovision Song Contests since I first looned up 5 years ago with the Moscow show. Goodness knows how it’s taken me so long, since in that time I’ve only managed to go back slightly faster than I’ve gone forward.
Now after 4 months on my iPod it’s time to deal with the 2002 contest, the first one hosted by Estonia. This small Baltic state joined Eurovision in 1994, and despite a bad start in Dublin it’s eventually found its way to being a leading light in the Baltic region. I feel like it’s only a matter of time before they win again, though hopefully it’s with something stronger than “Everybody”, their winner at Copenhagen’s 2001 contest. I wonder if they could repeat history as Denmark did in Sweden, and win the show from Copenhagen this year?
The songs of 2002 felt like a bit of a step down from later shows – I guess that’s a good thing for the future, but right now it was a bit of a slog. Even more so today as I deal with my least favourite nine.