Well, what a night! There were a lot of really great songs and terrific performances on show tonight (although the entertainment covering the voting section was quite the worst offering I have ever seen on Eurovision), but the Eastern Bloc vote made for a disappointing evening when it came to the scores…
- Romania – Bit of a damp squib for the opening number. It started well, but the female half of the duet let it down with whiny vocals. (45 points / 20th place)
- United Kingdom – A flawless performance, full of energy – Andy Abrams made it look easy and looked like he enjoyed himself too – he can certainly be proud of himself. (14 points / 23rd place)
- Albania – The youngest entrant was shaking like a leaf and lost it a bit in the first chorus, but got back on track for the rest of the song. (55 points / 16th place)
- Germany – Performed by a quartet containing a fright-wigged red head and a screeching blonde that really ruined this Girls Aloud-esque entry. (14 points / 23rd place)
- Armenia – Much better than the semi-final performance. (199 points / 4the place)
- Bosnia & Herzegovina – An awful, annoying song performed by two very childish singers who were done up like puppets. Honestly, it hurt the ears! (110 points / 10th place)
- Israel – A beautiful, simple rendition of a lovely song. (124 points / 9th place)
- Finland – Top-notch hot metal – an awesome, show-stopping performance. (35 points / 22ns place)
- Croatia – I hated every second of this one – the world’s oldest rapper shouting and scratching gramophone records. (44 points / 21st place)
- Poland – The singer looked like she’d been Tango’d. It was a dull song and the performance lacked sparkle. Sounded like it should have been in a Disney animated film. (14 points /23rd place)
- Iceland – One of the very best performances of the night – absolutely spot-on! (64 points / 14th place)
- Turkey – Effortlessly performed by professionals who look like they’re used to giving shows in huge stadiums. Fantastic show. (137 points / 7th place)
- Portugal – A sturdy performance. (69 points / 13th place)
- Latvia – Spirited and fun – far better than their semi-final efforts. (83 points / 12th place)
- Sweden – A polished performance that should have done better in the voting. (47 points / 18th place)
- Denmark – Strong performance. (60 points / 15th place)
- Georgia – Some occasional duff notes and not as good as the semi-final effort. (83 points / 11th place)
- Ukraine – Energetic, melodramatic and dramatic – a great entry! (230 points / 2nd place)
- France – Absolutely dire entry by a bunch of beardy weirdies. (47 points / 18th place)
- Azerbaijan – Stunning, both visually and vocally. (132 points / 8th place)
- Greece – One of the strongest performances of the evening. (218 points / 3rd place)
- Spain -Got booed after the vocalist struck a Christ-like pose during the performance. Rubbish song. (55 points /15th place)
- Serbia – Rather melancholy and boring. (160 points / 6th place)
- Russia – Atmospheric, but the vocals left much to be desired. Would be better suited to the likes of Justin Timberlake who could have done it justice! (272 points / 1st place)
- Norway – Nice, Duffy-esque performance. (182 points / 5th place)
However, it didn’t really matter how the performances were as political voting meant that once again the Western entries were pretty much kept out of the running. The UK finished joint last with Poland and Germany, which was something of a crime as Andy Abrahams was fantastic tonight and we definitely had the best song out of the Big Four.
In the end, it was Russia who ran away with the scores, although Greece did very well early on and looked like they might be in with a shot. But no – next year Eurovision will be held in Moscow.
One has to wonder, however, how long it will be before the Western European countries start to pull out of the competition, and once the Big Four start walking away from what has become something of an institution, it will be pretty much over. Terry Wogan was on top form, as usual, but there was something dis-spirited in his commentary and I wonder if even he will be there to commentate on next year’s competition, as he sounded heartily fed-up with the way things are going nowadays.
The only way the stop the Bloc voting will be to a) split the semi-finals as they did this year AND b) prevent those who did not make it to the final from voting in the final. It would be the only fair way to do it. If something’s not done soon, I can see this fine (albeit tacky) televisual tradition being either split into sections or abandoned all together.
And that would be a great shame.