Sunday, 11 May 2014

Seeking rather than vengeance, retribution



For once, I am not shouting "we wuz robbed" after the results of the Eurovision Song Contest last night.

Unlike previous years, our gang had made very little connection with the UK's entrant Molly Smitten-Downes or her forgettable "anthem" Children of the Universe. In truth she, and it, had little charisma, and instead - unanimously - all twelve of us were rooting for the lovely Conchita Wurst and her sub-James-Bond-theme Rise Like A Phoenix.

And our girl won it! The cheering here at Dolores Delargo Towers was deafening, needless to say.



Every year we always do the full shebang - dressing up (Hils was our own "bearded lady"; Sally was our Agnetha), booze and food from countries across Eurovisionland, and fill in our scorecards (in between excessive bouts of drinking, of course).



And here are the Top 5 from our jury:

Austria
Greece
Germany
Italy
United Kingdom

Compared to the real final five:

Austria
Netherlands
Sweden
Armenia
Hungary

There were some real differences (apart from Conchita). Nobody liked the Dutch one (a direct rip-off of Every Step You Take by The Police); The Swedish entry was OK, but just not good enough for us; Armenia was a Celine Dion song in the making (and no-one likes her!); and everyone absolutely despised the Hungarian child-abuse song.

There were, inevitably, a clutch of bizarre and bewildering songs and performances (it just wouldn't be Eurovsion without them!), including the French song about growing a moustache (which came last), a man on a hamster wheel, a trapeze artist, some hunky boys on a trampoline and (from Poland) several large-breasted young "ladies" jiggling over milk churns - in an effort to detract attention from the execrable mess of a song, no doubt. Russia was booed at every opportunity (which was unfortunate for the plucky 17-year-old twins who had to represent that benighted regime); Graham Norton made bitchy comments (on San Marino: "The population is 31,000. Obviously they've clubbed together to buy her a pair of rouche curtains"); Belarus gave douze points to Russia, Moldova gave twelve to Romania, and Georgia twelve to Armenia. Business as usual...



As all such events at ours inevitably do, the melée went on - messily - into the wee small hours. I finally bagged and binned all the empty bottles, abandoned glasses and munched morsels and got to bed at 4.30am, not rising again (like a phoenix) till 2 this afternoon(!).



It was a marvellous party, indeed.

And here's our Conchita!



Waking in the rubble
Walking over glass
Neighbors say we’re trouble
Well that time has passed

Peering from the mirror
No, that isn’t me
Stranger getting nearer
Who can this person be

You wouldn’t know me at all today
From the fading light I fly

Rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I’m transformed
Once I’m reborn
You know I will rise like a phoenix
But you’re my flame

Go about your business
Act as if you’re free
No one could have witnessed
What you did to me

Cause you wouldn’t know me today
And you have got to see
To believe
From the fading light I fly

Rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I’m transformed
Once I’m reborn

I rise up to the sky
You threw me down but
I’m gonna fly

And rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I’m transformed
Once I’m reborn
You know I will rise like a phoenix
But you’re my flame


Post-Eurovison analysis sarcasm courtesy of Euan Ferguson in The Guardian.

10 comments:

  1. Glad you guys had a great time! I was very happy with the winner - in fact, the top 5 was our exact predicted top 5 and we were very happy with it, although Armenia was not one of our favorites. Hungary did very well (hurrah!) and although I STILL cant for the life of me remember the verses in the winning song, it was a well deserved win.

    The countdown for next year's show has already started...

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    1. The media has apparently been generally supportive of Conchita - even Mein Kampf aka The Daily Mail, which is a surprise!

      It was a great evening's entertainment, despite the excessive number of power-ballads, and we're all Conchitas now...

      Our next countdown is for Gay Pride on 28th June! I foresee that many, many "bearded ladies" will be in attendance. Jx

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  2. I was very pleased that Conchita won, the only song this year that I have downloaded but she actually came third with the UK public, the same position she achieved with the Russian public vote.
    Poland meanwhile was the most popular with many countries, Norway, UK, etc… but moved further down the scoreboards by 50% of the vote going to the juries : UK had Poland 25th I think which meant they ended up 11th and outside of the point scoring … the Pole I work with was not pleased - HE WOZ ROBBED this year - lol

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    1. It was tits versus the bearded lady - no contest! Jx

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  3. We are so proud of our french boys :) Bravo Conchita !

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  4. looks like the downloaders in the UK have better taste than the aging crowd at dolores delagro towers: the Dutch song, which just tried to focus on good songwriting back instead of freakish-over-the-top-production, just entered the top 10 of the official UK charts, while Conchita lags a dozen places below that.

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    1. I just checked out your profile, and hardly think you are one to lecture on "taste", "ageing" or otherwise. Jx

      PS The original song from whence the Dutch entry was stolen, note by note, is much better

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