Well, 2012 was a vintage Eurovision I thought, and I applaud Sweden’s worthy win with Loreen’s Euphoria (although I was sneakily hoping those Russian grannies would take the prize). I watched most of it but my heavy social schedule on Saturday took it’s toll and I fell asleep during the scoring and awoke to find it was all over.
Memorable moments have to include Albania’s bonkers screeching lady (which nevertheless scored quite well - scary, Europe!):
As well as the above mentioned Russian grannies:
I think the Russian entry marks the moment when an Eastern European country knowingly sends an ironic entry into the competition.
France’s Anggun and her gymnast backing troupe were superb:
And Italy’s Amy Winehouse tribute was also a favourite:
Gaitana from the Ukraine stole the show with a storming performance:
But what to say about the UK’s Englebert Humperdink? I am sorry, as his song was quite pleasant and certainly deserved to rank higher than second last (becoming something of a fixture for the UK). I thought his performance on the night however was below his best. A grand old artist needlessly humiliated by the BBC.
We in the UK must try to get over our tendency to be too cool for school about Eurovision, take the piss mercilessly, and then be furious the others don’t vote for us.
Well done Loreen! Next year in Sweden.