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?
For reviews of ALL the competing entries in the 2014 contest, as well as coverage of all the national finals and all sorts of other news, please visit my Copenhagen 2014 Hub by clicking the link, or the “Copenhagen 2014″ menu on the top banner, or the “#Joinus” crystal on the left-hand bar.
It’s the home stretch with my reviews now, so it’s about time to look at my home country. Could this be a big year for the embattled veteran nation?
The United Kingdom debuted in Eurovision’s second year, and have appeared at all of the contest since 1959. During this spell they have won the contest 5 times, most recently back in 1997 when Katrina and the Waves took “Love shine a light” to the top of the table in Dublin.
While the UK added to its long list of 2nd place finishes in Birmingham the following year, the intervening years haven’t been kind, with Jessica Garlick’s 3rd place in 2002 and Jade Ewen’s 5th place in 2009 the only top 10 finishes since 1998. Continue reading
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
Less than 5 months to go before the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark. By this point in the year preparations are usually well under way from the national delegations, and indeed the first national final is being held on Saturday. Makes it a bit more exciting to think the first song is nearly here, but there’s still a long way to go.
We haven’t even got the final list of countries yet, and while the application deadline last month threw up a few surprises, there are still changes afoot. The final roster isn’t due until January, but for now it looks like we say a sad farewell to Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria & Cyprus, all for financial reasons. However we are welcoming back Poland and Portugal so it’s not all bad news. Bosnia & Herzegovina was coming back too but today it seems they’ve not secured funding and have pulled out. Also in the balance is Greece, keen to stay in but are currently without an EBU broadcaster. It seems the EBU are also keen to keep as many countries in, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few more unexpected appearances in January.
We’ve got theme art too! DR unveiled the “#JoinUs” slogan earlier this year, but now we have a diamond logo. I wasn’t convinced by Malmö’s butterfly idea but that turned out to be fabulous, I can only imagine how versatile the diamond could me in motion, so I’m all for it.