Well, it is not that bad- I am actually still hyped (and sick) - partially because of my crazy idea (I get to that later). I still need to recap - though a bit delayed- the final.
Firstly, I have to address the elefant in the room:
Petra and Mans were brilliant. I loved their songs ( I am really hoping for a ESC 2016 Bonus edition on itunes with Love, Love, Peace, Peace and so on, on it), I loved the jokes and the overall package. Not everything was perfect though: Mans clearly needs to work on his interviewing skills (I know his time was limited but give the girl time to finish her song!)
The clip shown about the Nerd-Nation was great in the Semi finals but did not reach its potential in the final. Also the 4min clip before JT was a bit disturbing - while it is great to see so many known acts coming from Sweden, I think they should have mastered that differently.
Clip- Highlight was Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi "the longest night ever"
Now to my predictions and comparing them with the Jury, the Tele and the combined vote:
Now I know I was off with a few but overall my prediction was not too bad... who would have thought Poland would do that well? I am pleased about it, but I was already surprised that they qualified. Bulgaria was even better than predicted with is awesome! And I knew it was going to be tight between the top 3 when I made my predictions. Now, I have heard a lot of b***ing about whether Ukraine should have won, and politics and so on. Honestly though, Ukraine portrait raw emotion that touched people, the audience in the hall felt it ( i had goosebumps all over the first time I heard the song live), the people at home picked up the phone for it and the Jury marked the talent. I believe she deserved to win. Was it my personal favourite? No, it was not. I still voted for it. I did not vote for Russia and I liked the song. Why did I not vote? He was such a sure candidate to win that I did not feel the need to call for him. And the song was a great Eurovision song and the performance great, yet in the final I did not feel the excitement anymore. Australia. There is no doubt about the amazing talent of Dami - her vocals rock. So I am not surprised to see the Jury going for her to win. I am a bit disappointed that Israel did not do so well. Having watched the show on television now, I can understand why. In the Globen the whole performance was stunning and the voice so beautiful - but somehow it was not translated to the screen (The same goes for Bulgaria - but here people still voted :) )
Lastly Germany. I feel about Germany's last place the same way as about Ireland not making the final: I knew it was going to happen but did not want to say anything. However, I have to say this is also down to the commentators. when the song is introduced with comments about vomit and dislike it is hard to like the song. Germany, face it: Europe does not like you...
Finishing off with a few impressions from the final (at this stage I want to give a big thank you to Benedict Lützenburg, who let me use his fantastic pictures)
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