Monday, May 18, 2009
Well, obviously, anyone remotely interested in the result will already know that Alexander Rybak won the 54th Eurovision song contest for Norway, but I figured it deserved a mention on the blog too. The song is pleasant enough, with a nice beat that makes you want to jump up and dance, and was supported on stage by two blonde Norwegian backing singers (female, of course) and Frikar's impressive acrobatic choreography. Not sure all this justifies the landslide victory it got, but hey, that's what marketing's for, eh?
As for the rest of the participants, this is a sample of what was on offer:
The biggest WOW moment of the evening was Dita von Teese's appearance alongside Oscar Loya who sang Miss Kiss Kiss Bang for Germany. I mean, just look at that waist!! Apparently, Dita's costume on the night was slightly more demure than her outfit at the dress rehearsal after she was reportedly told to cover up by the EBU, which runs Eurovision, because it was unsuitable for a family audience.
Patricia Kaas, one of the most successful French-speaking singers in the world, represented France, and gave us a glimpse of what Eurovision used to be like.
Estonia's was one of the best songs of the competition, and deserved better than 6th place. Beautiful staging too, with no gimmicks.
Very unlike their neighbouring Ukraine, who have a reputation for going completely mad on stage - year after year.
Ditto Azerbaijan, who came 3rd with a very energetic tune sung by AySel & Arash.
Denmark's song was written by Ronan Keating and sung by a Ronan Keating look-and-sound-alike. Spooky.
Armenia was one of the countries that embraced the ethnic look. Apparently, singers Inga & Anush are often mistaken for twins. I wonder why.
Malta was once again represented by Chiara. Beautiful voice, but the song was fairly nondescript and didn't do well.
Iceland on the other hand, did really well with a beautiful ballad sang by the beautiful Yohanna with the beautiful 80's bridesmaid's dress. Disney princesses eat your hearts out.
Sweden took a risk that didn't quite pay off with opera singer Malena Ernman. A beautiful song and fab staging, it deserved to do better than it did.
Last but not least, our very own Jade Ewen belts it out while Andrew Lloyd Webber looks on in admiration (or perhaps it's a side effect of the botox).
The end result looked like this:
5. United Kingdom (near the top at last)
7. Greece (go Sakis!)
9. Bosnia & Herzegovina
Next stop Oslo or Bergen, this time next year!