Another year, another final, another winner. I had a great evening of it with the Judge and James. Some great songs and performances along with some not-so-great ones which still add to the enjoyment.
It is always good to see Europe get together for a show like this. It gives you hope that people can forget their petty dramas and rivalries and replace them with a friendly rivalry and just have fun together. Making the whole of Europe be the intermission act as a huge flash mob was simple but incredibly effective. I had a big smile on my face.
Norway put on a great show. They may not have spent the kind of money that Russia did last year but there was a lot of heart and soul and glitz. The hosts were great unlike most years. I think Erik probably has his own following now with his cute fun scenes. In the final, he did that, how does one describe it, quick change sequence as he changes clothes while walking along and pulling things out of thin air. That could so easily have gone wrong but it didn’t.
I thought the quality of songs in the final overall was quite good this year. My top 5 for the night:
Three of my top 5 did well. Germany, of course, won the whole show. Romania came third and Belgium came sixth. I was disappointed that Iceland and Moldova got lost along the way. Although one could suspect a backlash against Iceland due to the volcano, I suspect more that the style of song wouldn’t have the broad appeal to the person on the street despite being very popular with Eurovision fans. Dare I say that it was too camp (which is definitely not a bad thing in my book). Expect to see Hera Björk making appearances at Pride Festivals around Europe.
I can’t explain Moldova. It even had saxophone and I know that I’m a sucker for good sax but it would appear that not everyone is.
Did anyone else notice how the contestants seem to be getting younger and prettier as the years go by? And there is much more prevalence of reality show contestants representing their countries. Not necessarily a bad thing since there was quite a bit of talent on display.
I liked Turkey, Armenia, Israel, Georgia (with a Swedish song), Ireland (another Swedish song) and Denmark (yet another Swedish song). Enough for me to keep playing the Eurovision CD. I didn’t think that Azerbaijan deserved all the hype and the $3,000,000 spent on it. A nice enough song but ultimately forgettable.
I did like the UK entry a lot and it certainly did not deserve last place. Getting Pete Waterman involved was a big mistake since he has always made it clear that he has contempt for Eurovision. Even as recently as an interview at the second semi-final, Waterman was still arrogantly showing his contempt. I feel sorry for Josh Dubovie who is a very good singer and a very charming one at that. I believe that he was a hit with everyone he met during Eurovision week. I like the song but he deserved a much stronger one for an international contest. My career advice to Josh would be to get as far away from Pete Waterman as possible.
One thing I have to mention that did disappoint me was that despite the sharing of the moment that Eurovision generates, portions of the audience in the stadium felt that they had to boo Russia. Okay, it was not the best song and maybe shouldn’t have got through to the final but it did so deal with it. Imagine how poor Peter Nalitch must have been feeling. Still he soldiered on and even though I didn’t like the song much at first, I didn’t mind it at all by the end of the evening. Maybe he was spurred on by the booing to give an even better performance.
And Eric Saade did make it to Eurovision. He popped up to give the results of the Swedish voting. We all were excited to see him. 🙂
I was happy that Germany won. Lena has that kind of sound that you could expect to hear on the charts today so I’m sure she’ll have a worldwide hit with it. It’s also good that it shows the big 4 what you can achieve if you take it seriously. Well done, Germany.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Romania was a big hit around the world. It has certainly overtaken Iceland (my favourite on the night) as the one I play the most and hum along to all the time.
Finally, a shout out to Graham Norton who did a great job with the commentary. He had fun with the show without making fun of it. Much better than our local hosts and way much better than that awful Wogan fellow.
Bring on 2011.