What a weekend. My nephew’s wife had a baby boy, my football team won, my fantasy football team won, Mark Webber took pole position in Monaco (and as I write this, he’s leading the race) and SWEDEN WON THE 2012 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST!!!!!!
It was another fantastic show. I don’t know what Europeans think of Eurovision and I don’t know if Americans even see Eurovision. Here in Australia, we tend to enjoy most of the songs as well as having a quiet giggle at some of the Europeans singing some of the most wonderfully corny clichés in English.
It’s a lot of fun and it could only be done in Europe. Next year’s event, according to custom, will be hosted by the winning country – in Sweden. Sounds like a good excuse to go visiting!
I’ve never managed to pick the winner as the show progresses and this year was no different. The Swedish song was OK, but it certainly wasn’t my favourite. It was a good song, though, and a very good performance, which is probably why it was so universally popular.
This is Sweden’s fifth Eurovision win.
I’d like to extend a vote of sympathy to the Danish entry, which had a nice story behind it and was a pretty decent song IMHO. Maybe it was a little too generic, but I liked it.
This entry received votes from just 6 out of 42 countries for a total of 21 votes, which I thought was a travesty.
This year’s novelty act came from Russia; a sextet of grannies collectively known as Babushki who partied on whilst making a tray of biscuits. I’m going to sound like a real party pooper here, but I’m sure there are some really, really talented young singers in Russia who could have benefitted from performing in Eurovision. This is purely a novelty act, even if it’s a toe-tapper.
It seems novelties go down well in Europe. Babushki finished second with 259 votes.
Norway came last – for the 11th time.
My personal favourite was the entry from Iceland. Loved the song. Loved the performance, too. I thought it was outstanding.
Great Britain and Ireland really have to spend some time in a room full of mirrors, having a good hard look at themselves.
Britain’s entry was sung by Engelbert Humperdink, a guy my mother used to listen to before I was born. Rumours of him cavorting with Babushki at the after-party are yet to be confirmed.
Ireland’s entry was wonderful in terms of comedy value, thereby showing some of the best bits of Eurovision, but if I was Irish I’d be a little bit embarrassed today.
One more honorable mention – for Albania. This is not a song that would have widespread appeal. It’s very much an artistic performance rather than a populist one. I’m so glad it got votes as I thought it was brilliant.
Congratulations to Azerbaijan for putting on a wonderful show.
Here’s to Sweden in 2013!!