And then came the grand final. One of the more politically charged finals as the organizers didn't want a repeat of last year's booing during the Russian performance and so they installed some sort of noise-blockers that were to drown out any booing, should it appear. They were relatively effective up until the time came for Russia's votes. I mean seriously? "Mother Russia is here"? "Twelve points go to . . . RUSSIA!" ? They're ASKING for it! O_O Not even the blockers could drown out THAT collective "booo!". That said, I want to say I DO NOT
support politicizing the contest since I believe it should be about the music. As such I am really sorry for Anastasiya and Maria Tolmachevy, both just 18, who were last year rudely booed and suffered the punishment for something they had nothing to do with, something that their government had done.
To recap the countries which qualified automatically, France, Germany, Italy (who came third) and Spain, well, they weren't bad
per se but they didn't figure on my list of favourites. Now the United Kingdom, they were definitely
on that list. Unfortunately they ended with just 2 points (one from Malta and Ireland each, I believe
). Australia was another great favourite of mine and they finished in fifth place which is an awesome result for them IMHO. They came, they saw and they conquered
And Austria, the host country? Eh, what can I say . . . I wasn't surprised by their result of 0 points. Sorry guys
The voting phase was anything but boring. Leaving out the failure to connect with Portugal and Moldavia, the fact that Montenegro and San Marino had trouble with their audience votes so their based their national ones on the jury votes and the fact that our announcer made a total ass of herself (I think it's becoming a tradition?), the final run for gold was was a contest between Sweden and Russia. And here comes my dilemma. Sweden . . . what can I say? Pretty art . . . pretty singer . . . but that's about it. The song was a mere average for me. Honestly I don't see why it won o_O. There's even some who accuse him of ripping off David Guetta's Lovers on the Sun. You can compare the two for yourselves here: Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes
and David Guetta - Lovers on the Sun
. Personally I really don't know. There's quite some similarities but I wouldn't call it a rip-off. And before you say it's only because Sweden won, these accusations were raise before the semi-finals even begun. The second part of my dilemma was Russia. . . . I LOVED
the song . . . *hides from the mob that wants to lynch me*. It was so hard for me to keep politics out of it, particularly because I knew that Russian egos would BURST
(literally) if Russia won this (regardless if they won with a song about tollerance and love which, last time I checked, were forbidden by law there) and we'd never hear the end of it. It was my brain telling me Sweden was the lesser evil and my heart saying Russia was the better song.
2016 will be another interesting year since Ukraine (is it still exists as a country
) has announced a comeback while Russia might be withdrawing (the general feedback about this year's song was rather negative, especially from official sources) or we might be confronted with some sort of nationalistic performance. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Turkey, along with Sweden as the host and the aforementioned Ukraine, have all already confirmed their participation, Croatia has announced a possible entry song though they haven't officially made a participation announcement and Lithuania already has people working on the song for next year. There have even been suggestions to make Australia a permanent contestant in the ESC (which I support) and a Chinese broadcaster who has been broadcasting the ESC live, has expressed an interest in joining (which I don't).
So to sum up? I guess I'm not happy with the winner and I would have awarded the victory to Russia, personally. But it was definitely an exciting Eurovision year, I can't wait for next year (in Stockholm? ) and I hope we'll be there to compete again!