Countdown to Eurovision – Lordi

The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is tonight! I won’t be able to fully digest what happened for another week or so, so in the meantime let’s have another preview…

It’s hard to underestimate the importance of what happened at the 2006 contest in Greece. Every year, a couple of countries decide to take it very seriously and put in old crooners or traditional folk music; a couple of countries decide to usurp the formula by putting in things that actually are good; and then someone comes up with something totally off the wall and throws the whole thing into disarray.

For it was in 2006 that Finland decided to enter their Slipknot-inspired rock band Lordi, who, dressed as orcs, had such an impact on the contest that they had to host the following year’s contest. Here’s Hard Rock Hallelujah:

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