One of the most exciting/camp/pointless (delete as appropriate) events of the year took place just a couple of days ago, and yielded a rather unexpected winner. But the Eurovision Song Contest is so big these days that just one contest is nowhere enough – we need three: the final, but also two semi-finals.
This year’s contest was in Sweden, and included a surprise entry from Australia, who were entered into one of the semi-finals, while Portugal and Romania decided not to waste their money this time around.
The first semi-final, last Tuesday, saw several hundred points being awarded to each of Hungary, Croatia, Netherlands, Armenia, Russia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Austria, Azerbaijan, and Malta. Then the second brought success for Latvia, Poland, Israel, Serbia, Lithuania, Australia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia, and Belgium.
Let’s take a detailed look at the finals tomorrow, where a new scoring system led to a Danish jury member getting pretty confused, and apparently actually meant that Australia missed out on the win, which would have made for some interesting logistics if the rules hadn’t been changed. And of course Russia ended up very upset indeed.