The Eurovision Song Contest final was in Lisbon in Portugal this year. It’s chosen motto was “All Aboard” and celebrated diversity. Graham Norton noted that some of the `Big Hitters` like Russia and Azerbaijan hadn’t made it through from the semi’s while Ireland had for the first time in 5 years. He observed there were some to be sung with real emotional power as well and there was no big screen digital effects on stage this time around, and that there was to be 4 female hosts – another first. The event started with two short musical numbers, the first was sweet sung by a lady in black, the second by lady in gold (who looked a bit like SuRie) accompanied by drummers. Then the parade of the countries flags and their singers which I enjoyed. The hosts informed us that the contest would be watched by 200 million people and over the history of the contest 1,500 songs had actually been sung.
- Ukraine. “Under the Ladder” – A man rose out of what looked like a coffin-shaped box directly above the stage. Reminded me of someone in Randell and Hopkirk (Deceased). At one point steps on the stage were on fire, an unwise staging I thought. 2/10
- Spain ” Tu Cancion” – A rather sweet ballad sung by a couple in the “honeymoon” stage of their romance, touching. I think they sung like Kylie and Jason. 4/10
- Slovenia. “Thank, No thanks”. Good choreography and dancers but quite a bazaar song. 2 1/2 out of 10.
- Lithuania. “When we’re old.” A pretty girl with brown hair in a nice pale pink dress and a nice song. Sat on floor to start, nice holographic effects. Reasonable chance of winning. 6/10
- Austria. “Nobody but you.” Not gripping enough but a good effort. 2/10
- Estonia. “Laforza.” Tastefully sung in own language but an over-the-top reflective dress!! Operatic in style. 1 1/2 out of 10
- Norway. “That’s how you write a song.” Singer previous winner in 2009. Slightly catchy but very little chance of going anywhere. Got out his violin only near the end. Reminded me of a karaoke number. 3 1/2 out of 10
- Portugal. “O Jardim”. Nice pink hair and black outfit with a sweet smile. 2 1/2 out of 10
- UK. “Storm”. Good camera work. Nice white dress. Gatecrasher!! (Arrested)
- Serbia. “Nova Deca”. Some screeching during the song but sung with passion. 3/10
- Germany. “You let me walk alone”. A reasonable effort but not my cup of tea. A German sort of Ed Sherran. 3/10
- Albania. “Marl”. Pretty backing singers in black. Not outstanding enough and some good guitar playing. Poor bout of screaming at the end. 2/10
- France. “Mercy”. Inspired by a baby born on a refugee boat in the Med. Nicely sung in French. More black costumes! `Poppy` in tone. 4/10
- Czech Republic. “Lie to me”. He’s weird. Distracting flashing lights. Rap in style. Is he trying to loose his satchel? 2 1/2 out of 10
- Denmark. Higher ground.” Blowing snow! 1 1/2 out of 10
- Australia. “We got love”. Sung by established female singer. Nice purple shimmering dress and some good dance moves. 4 1/2 out of 10
- Finland. “Monsters”. Rotating singer like on a knife throwing board! Nice short skirt and nice boobs. 8/10
- Bulgaria. “Bones”. All in black yet again. A slightly interesting bunch of people. 2/10
- Moldova. “My lucky day”. Catchy, and nice yellow dress. Also staging is slightly interesting. 4/10
- Sweden. “Dance you off”. Liked sheep in `postcard` prior song. All in black again, looking like out of Saturday Night Fever. Singer related to previous Swedish winner. Distracting flashing lights again but good effort at least. 2/10
- Hungary. “Viszlat Nyar”. Very loud heavy metal. Fire effects noticed. The band looked scruffy. 1/10
- Israel. “Toy”. Very strange but potentially a winner. Very colourful clothes. Some good accompanying dancers. Mimicking chickens? I liked waving cats. 3 1/2 out of 10.
- The Netherlands. “Outlaw in `em”. Nice leopard skin jacket. Not my scene. 2 1/2 out of 10
- Ireland. “Together”. Some good diving in pre-song postcard. A good effort, good male dancers, OK snow effect. 3 1/2 out of 10.
- Cyprus. “Fuego”. Nice, glittery, all-in-one suit. Good all women choreography swinging hips. Overall outfits and dancers good. 5/10
- Italy. “You haven’t done anything to me”. Interesting effect of different language lyrics shown on screen. 2 1/2 out of 10
The interval entertainment included a group all in white with dancers in the stalls of the arena giving it a feeling of real intimacy. At the end the winner – the Israeli female singer, got very emotional and tearful with her waving cats behind her.
However overall for me this years contest didn’t get me as excited as previous years. My second choice to win – Lithuania – was top of the UK voting public result.
My Favourite song that I wanted to win: