I am, of course, at a disadvantage since I was unable to watch it live, nor with the (scintillating, I am told) Terry Wogan commentary.
Thank God for YouTube.
Elitsa and Stoyan should have won, in my perfect world. Though judging by the production values of the actual performances, I can see why they might not have been rated as high as the actual winner. But not that they came in fifth.
I am pleasantly surprised that I actually LIKED all of the top 5, though the Turkish and Russian entries are definitely guilty pleasures. Especially the Russian…
I also give major props to the voters that Verka Serdyuchka (Ukraine’s favorite anti-Russian drag queen) got second place. Though the song itself isn’t really worthy of it, and performance was fabulous.
Likewise, I was pretty impressed with the actual winner, Serbia’s Marija Serifovic performing Molitva. She had at least three major strikes against her that I was counting:
- actually sang in her own language (see the Teapacks for an example of linguistic pandering in French and English in the same song)
- as the youtube commenters put it “she’s not a thin leggy blonde gyrating half naked to a pop song”
- this is Serbia’s first Eurovision outing and, let’s face it, they’ve not been making lots of friends as a nation the past 15 years.
God help us, we might see an end to Eurovision demagoguery within our lifetime, my friends!