They got through the voting fairly quickly this year, it only overran by about fifteen minutes. As it became quickly apparent that Sweden were walking it, the lead singer of Lordi in full makeup appeared to give the results for Finland, and we were all momentarily cheered or terrified depending on whether we’d watched on that historic occasion when for the first and probably last time metal was allowed to win Eurovision.
Azerbaijan have been the subject of quite a lot of criticism in the last week or so over here for their terrible human rights record, and for demolishing a large number of their people’s homes to build the venue. The Swedish Kate Bush wannabe was being described as “highly political” and “a loose cannon” as she made her triumphant walk back to the stage there was much speculation over whether she would use the occasion to criticise the hosts, but inevitably she didn’t, and got back onstage to prowl around doing her thing again, although for the reprise the flashing lights which had led Mrs H to describe the performance as “a migraine set to music” seemed to fail and she did her thing with the house lights on as we all grumbled about Russia being robbed, but with the prospect of all being off to Sweden this time next year to lift us.
Here’s the winner, I’m off to bed.