|Grand Piano in German Museum|
So one TV highlight I never miss is the extravaganza that is the Eurovision Song Contest! As always, I sat through the whole programme last night and mostly enjoyed it all, from the sublime to the ridiculous. I hadn't heard any of the songs before last night, apart from the UK entry, so I had no preconceptions. We always have lots of complaints over here about the political voting and how the UK will never win against the type of voting that goes on between certain countries. Well, in my humble opinion we haven't had a good enough song for the past several years! I did have high hopes for Molly last night, as I think Power to the People was one of our best and strongest songs for ages. It had me at the drumbeats and her performance was very good.
However... Austria, Sweden, The Netherlands and Armenia proved to be too much competition and we ended up in 17th place - surely not helped by the fact of being last to sing. Of these top songs, my favourites were Austria and The Netherlands so I wasn't surprised when Austria won. Although Conchita, the 'bearded lady', was one of the more controversial acts, her stunning voice, performance and song fully deserved the accolade. It was the kind of Bond-theme type song I really like and the lyrics of Rise Like a Pheonix seemed particularly apt.
I'm sure it was a subliminal message to some of the less tolerant countries, but what surprised many was the overall agreement on the winner for a change, and fewer obviously political 'back scratching' votes between neighbouring nations. While understandable, it seemed a shame that Russia was booed at every mention when the singers were two sweet young 17 year old twins, although they stayed smiling all evening. In the end, it was surely all about the music (cheesy or not) and its power to bring millions together in common pleasure.
Anyone else willing to admit they like the Eurovision Song Contest?!