Well, I can’t say I’m too impressed by Eurovision’s winning song. I thought Russia’s entry was a fairly stock standard ballad, and the performance, while as camp as a blond-haired, linen-shirted man on ice skates can get, was visually dull.
I know that my favourites, like Bosnia & Herzegovina’s washing line antics, Croatia’s ranting old man, and Latvia’s pirate troupe, weren’t going to win, but I’d have thought that Europe would go for something more entertaining than that. The second and third-place winners weren’t bad, though.
While it was necessary to hold multiple semi-finals this year due to so many countries wanting to compete, I think they took the magic away from the grand final. We’d already seen all the entries (bar the big four and Serbia) in the semis, so there wasn’t really any reason to watch the final. They were the same performances. However, if we hadn’t watched the semis, we would have missed some good stuff that wasn’t voted through. At least in previous years, with the one semi-final, we’d only seen about 10 of the 24 songs before the main event. I much preferred it that way.