On Saturday night, knackered after a long day at work, I watched the kitschfest that is the Eurovision Song Contest... I remember all the jokes about the contest when I was in the UK, and I remember the Diva International single after the year she won, but I've never seen the entire contest. What a cornucopia of cornball pop! To give a flavour of things, Switzerland's entry was called Vanilla Ninja. Logically enough, Vanilla Ninja are a pop-rock all female band. And Latvia's entry was a pair of blond boys singing a cheeseball composition called "The War is Not Over". Meanwhile, Norway had a hair band with a guy wearing too much lipstick, like the Darkness without the irony. Or the musical skills. Faerielicious has her own responses to every band, plus a summary of the results.
It's funny how in the end the voting was often largely political: people from the ex-Yugoslavian republics all voted for each other (and there I was thinking that there were residual issues within the Balkans), the Scandinavian countries favoured each other, and everyone beat on the four big countries (bottom 4: Spain, the UK, France, and Germany). And Greece, champions of Europe in football, were crowned champions in Eurovision. Throw in the Olympics and it's been a good 2 years for them.