Eurovision 2015 – There were plenty of reactions to the result of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest yesterday, both good and bad for the winners and the losers! We’ve had a look at who was celebrating, who took their poor showing in good spirits, and which countries are sulking.
Italy was the only one of the Big 5 to have success this year. Winning the televote and coming third overall, the Italians Il Volo were happy saying collectively “Taking part in Eurovision 2015 has been such a great experience for us and winning the televoting is the best proof of all your love guys! Thank you Europe, we’ll go on bringing our #GrandeAmore all over the world!” On their personal social media sites they were saying how happy they were to have represented their country and were delighted to have won the televote.
Spain in contrast is in meltdown. We all knew they were going to be in for a big fall and they could not see it. Their passionate fans honestly believed Edurne and her over the top drama was the one to win. Initial reactions in the press centre of laughter and ‘Oh my God Spain, what the hell are you doing?!’ proved correct as Spain finished a miserable 21st. There are calls from OGAE Spain for them to withdraw.
The United Kingdom is again reliving groundhog day after finishing 24th with only 5 points: BBC announce ‘exciting’ act – half the fans rejoice and are convinced it will finish top 10/win – Half the fans are embarrassed and put money on coming last – UK only get a handful of points from their mates in Malta and Ireland – The UK media bash Eurovision and the bloc voting – Fans call on Guy Freeman to quit and for the UK to hold a national selection – Then they remember they picked Scooch – repeat ad nauseum. At least Electro Velvet were in good spirits and intend to continue as a duo. One of the best tweets has to be this from cystic fibrosis sufferer Bianca to give it a bit of perspective:
France has not taken it too well however, finishing in a poor 25th place with only 4 points, with Lisa Angell saying that “Artistically, of course I saw it as an injustice, not for points, these are things that I can not control, I think music and politics, it does not work,” She also added: “I’m so sorry for the whole team who did a fantastic job so around me”. Nathalie André, head of entertainment France 2 called for withdrawal. Others at France 2 (broadcasting instead of France 3 this year) said ratings were good though, with 4.4 million viewers and 27.6% audience share the best since 2009. Marie Myriam (Winner France 1977) said if you don’t win the world cup you don’t pull out next time and urged France, as one of the founders of Eurovision, to continue participating in the most important contest in the world, but with a better entry that ws well known and hyped up before it gets to the final.
Germany’s Ann Sophie has at least had a laugh at her nul points and 26th place by making a ‘We are the zeros of our time’ video which she posted on her Twitter and Facebook with these words
Austria’s The Makemakes also seem to have taken their nul points and a record worst position of 27th in good spirits and produced the following ‘zeros’ video too.
Sweden celebrated their 6th win and a massive 365 points by welcoming overwhelmed winner Måns Zelmerlöw back to Stockholm with huge crowds. “Congratulations Mans! A fantastic performance,” prime minister Stefan Lofven wrote on his Facebook page. “You are now the hero of all Sweden! Next year, we will welcome the whole of Europe here. Celebrate well, and I will call you on Monday to congratulate you.”
Russia’s Polina Gagarina thanked everyone who voted for Russia, not just their neighbours or for politics and said that was important. “This means that we have fulfilled our mission, because the most important thing – it’s love. This is the only thing that matters in our lives.” Russian TV producer Yuri Aksyuta was happy that despite the political situation, Russia had managed to find a common language with Europe.
Belgium’s Loic Nottet has gone top 10 in 21 counties and is the biggest hit after Sweden’s winner. He celebrated by visiting his dance school in Trazegnies and spent time meeting students, fans and posing for photos.
Australia saw a record 4.2 million tune in to see their first ever entry Guy Sebastian finish a credible 5th, an increase if 1.5 million on last year. He was ‘pumped’ to come 5th according to the press. The EBU will be watching those numbers closely and probably wishing they hadn’t said it was a one-off…