Editorial – It’s all over… not quite yet. To avoid the hole and the famous AED, After Eurovision Depression, we can rejoice in chart positions, analysis and more concerning this year’s contest. Here now my personal impressions from last night’s final. Please add your comments at the end of the article! An analysis of the placings and the voting will follow in the coming days!
First of all, the fireworks and the view of Baku bay with the Crystal arena were really amazing! It reminded my of an Opening ceremony for Olympic games. Too bad Azerbaijan was refused to host the Summer Games without a single vote the same day (probably a wise choice).
The hosts were stiff as always, but I like that the three hosts idea seems to be the usual now. I think its the right amount, if one is annoying you at least have the other two. Eldar was way too fake last night. A pitty.
- Sweden’s performance
- Serbia’s performance
- Anke Engelke mentioning democracy for Germany
- Mr. Lordi’s six hot babes
- The fireworks at the beginning
- Greece not making the Top 10 (the song really deserved the result it got)
- That note by Spain
- The Top 10 being almost completely great (except for Russia)
- Spain making the Top 10, they deserved some remedy
- Sweden getting the top marks 18 times!
- Russia giving Sweden 12 points and not their alleged “friends”
- My country (Germany) making it into the Top 10 for the third year in a row (even though I don’t think we deserved it!)
- Greece-Cyprus, Azerbaijan-Turkey, Moldova-Romania points exchange
- Safura from Azerbaijan telling Azerbaijan they have produced the “Best show ever”… erm yeah
- The president’s son-in-law, yiikes
- Russia beating Zeljko
- Russia coming second
- Lithuania’s “performance”
- Greece and Cyprus’ performance… Please go back to OPA,San aggelos s’agapisa
- Iceland coming 20th
About the Result:
01 - – Sweden – Loreen – Euphoria – 372 points
100% deserved winner. This will be the biggest hit Eurovision has produced in 30 years and will hopefully boost the credibility of the contest. I really think Eurovision has reached the 21st century with this. Additionally, I think Sweden will take the contest to a new level next year!
02 – – Russia – Buranovskiye Babushki – Party For Everybody – 259 points
A musical and vocal horror. I’m happy this didn’t win, but I didn’t want it to do so well. It was an inevitability that people would vote for the sweet grandmas and they certainly added to the entertainment factor of the show. Thank god we had Loreen this year!
03 – – Serbia – Zeljko Joksimovic – Nije ljubav stvar -214 points
Completely deserved every single point he got. Should’ve been #2! He should break his promise and come back! Third times a charm!!
04 – – Azerbaijan – Sabina Bayeva – When The Music Dies – 150 points
I didn’t expect this to do this well! She sang well and all, but the song was a bit too boring for me. Well Azerbaijan seems to be a certain Top 10 and almost Top 5 country?
05 – – Albania – Rona Nishliu - Suus – 146 points
Wow! Great she made it to the Top 5. It was a special song and performance and I’m happy for everyone here who loved the entry. I think mostly juries and the Kosovaran diaspora helped this, but it certainly got points from “normal” viewers as well. Very happy with the place!
06 – – Estonia – Ott Lepland – Kuula – 120 points
Wonderful! Completely deserved the place! I’m happy it did so well!
07 – – Turkey – Can Bonomo – Love me back – 112 points
This is exactly the place I would’ve given to Turkey, not too high, but not low either. Happy with that as well.
08 – – Germany – Roman Lob – Standing Still – 110 points
He performed really well, I still don’t see the appeal of the song, but I’m happy for my country. According to Spiegel, the ARD is discussing several new formats for the national selection. I still hope I might get my German Melodifestivalen!
09 – – Italy – Nina Zilli – L’amore è femmina (Out Of Love) – 101 points
Something was wrong with the backings, and the dress didn’t fit the feel of the song. I was disappointed with the performance, so I think 9th is a good place for her!
10 – – Spain – Pastora Soler – Quédate conmigo – 97 points
WOW. That note, that performance! Amazing! The song was a bit too dull though. Very deserved Top 10 placing! With Spain, Italy and Germany making the Top 10, France and the UK can’t use the Big5 are hated excuse!
11 – – Moldova – Pasha Parfeny- Lăutar – 81 points
Fun performance, late draw. Deserved place!
12 – – Romania – Mandinga – Zaleilah – 71 points
I thought this would do much better. I think televoting may have had this much higher! All in all probably also deserved!
13 – – FYR Macedonia – Kaliopi – Crno i belo – 71 points
I loved it and think she would’ve deserved a better place, but the song was not instant enough ans many may have thought this was too strange. Still Kaliopi can be proud!
14 – – Lithuania – Donny Montell – Love is blind – 70 points
What? What? Really? I will never understand the appeal of the song or the performance. My dead last yesterday and completely ridiculous in my eye. But well I gotta have something to nag about, no? ^^
15 – – Ukraine – Gaitana – Be my guest – 65 points
Too loud, too messy. Deserved place, maybe even lower.
16 – – Cyprus – Ivi Adamou - La La Love – 65 points
I’m very happy this didn’t do as well as I expected! Sorry for Cyprus as they had less success with way better songs (last year for example), but this kind of simple song with a bad singer doesn’t deserve anything else! Happy for them they beat their big brother as well ^^
17 – – Greece – Eleftheria Eleftheriou – Aphrodisiac – 64 points
Soo happy! So Greece is not booked for the Top 10, then… Bad performance, bad singing, very bad song. Come back next year with something great and I will support you! This dancing pretty lady stuff is over!
18 – – Bosnia-Herzegovina – Maya Sar – Korake ti znam – 55 points
A nice song and it would deserve to be ahead of Ukraine, Cyprus and Greece, but all in all the boring performance and too boring song got what it deserved.
19 – – Ireland – Jedward – Waterline – 46 points
Uninspired performance, worse song than last year and no novelty factor. I thought their fans would push them higher, but apparently the Jedwardmania is over. Good! Now Ireland can start the post-Jedward era!
20 – – Iceland – Gréta Salóme & Jónsi – Never Forget – 46 points
I feel sorry for them! I loved the song and performance, I think they should’ve done much better. But anyway, that’s Eurovision!
21 – – Malta – Kurt Calleja – This is the night – 41 points
Got what it deserved!
22 – – France – Anggun – Echo (You and I) – 21 points
Got what it deserved as well! Too messy, too much trying to be “Eurovision”.. If you look at the Top 10, there is no such thing as a “Eurovision song” anymore (already was like that in 2010!)
23 – – Denmark – Soluna Samay – Should’ve Known Better – 21 points
I guess Germany coming after them killed their chances + the outfit may have damaged them in favor of Germany. Still Denmark can do better next year!
24 – – Hungary – Compact Disco – Sound of Our Hearts - 19 points
The song is nice, the performance well, but it was somehow too forgetable. When I heard it I liked it, but when thinking about the best songs I never thought of Hungary somehow. So understandable result, but probably not deserved.
25 – – United Kingdom – Engelbert Humperdink – Love Will Set You Free – 12 points
Completely deserved result in my book! I hope the media in the UK don’t blame this on voting blocks and the old stereotypes about Eurovision. It was a forgettable song, with an uninspired performance and a washed-out singer. If the rumors are true that Katie Melua and Hurts asked the BBC to represent the UK, this is even more deserved. The motherland of Pop, of The Beatles and Adele can do better than that!
26 – – Norway – Tooji – Stay – 7 points
This one I really don’t get. I thought the song was really catchy. His singing was atrocious, but people didn’t seem to mind with Cyprus or Greece. There must be an explanation… Maybe my theory applies to this: The stereotypes people have in mind about Norway were not realized in this song. Maybe some voted for Azerbaijan or Turkey that wanted to vote for this song… Still I like that Norway sent a multicultural entry and feel sorry they came last AGAIN.
The interval act was atrocious. He really thought that this was his big breakthrough.. pathetic. He seemed arrogant and couldn’t sing at all! This was even worse than the German interval act last year!
Conclusion: So all in all the best final in years for me song-wise. So many highlights and good performances, a very satisfying result and a worthy winner that will help Eurovision in the long run I think! The host country was hospitable and well-organized but the bitter feeling that there was something below the feeling ruined it just a little bit!
I had more to say, but I can’t remember right now ^^ So what were your thoughts last night?