As you know I am a big fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and have been for years. So, again this year I will bore everyone with this year's winner.
Now, a lot of people have said that the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC for short) has become a contest where only the Eastern countries end up in front. Which is of course nonsense: Norway and Germany have won recently as well. But the fact of the matter is that for some reason the Eastern countries seem to have tapped into the taste of the young people: nice (albeit forgettable) pop/dance songs that stick for an evening and make people vote for them.
On the other hand people are saying that the ESC used to be about the songs and the melodies and now it seems to be all about the gimmicks. Well, I am glad to say that this year it was a return to good songs, good melodies and on occasion great voices! The gimmicks were more or less left at home. More or less, there still were a few! Like the Russian baboushkas: six elderly ladies not blessed with great singing voices, but with a ditty that was hugely popular (it ended second, see top video). Like the Dutch Indian: Joan Franka sang about her first love who she used to play cowboys and indians with and she wore a huge native American headdress (she ended in the lower regions of the semi-finals). The ADD twins from last year were back, but their song wasn't as good as last year's (Jedward from Ireland).
Albania had a woman that had really weird hair and could break crystal with her voice. Great voice, I wasn't sure about the song, but it ended quite high. I loved Engelbert Humperdinck, but he came second to last in the final (25th place). Serbia was my other favourite and they came third I believe. The winner however was a song I didn't really like. But Europe did: they all voted for Loreen from Sweden en masse! So, next year we will be off to Stockholm!