Oh WEEP, ye citizens! Another year when my bafflement at the result replaces satisfaction at recognition of quality. Sometimes this febrile annual extravaganza does throw up a worthy winner, as it did last year. This time not so - and far from it! It'll be forever a mystery to me why so many voted for this empty and silly offering from Israel (I refer to the 'song', not for the embonpoint-endowed young performer, Netta). After hearing it several times now I can still only recall the single, inane, bellowed 'hook' - "I'm not your TOY-OY!" Oh, mercy, PLEEEEEEEASE!
This is Israel's first win since trans Dana International scooped it in 1998 with another vacuous 'song' which, to be fair was rather more memorable than this winning 'novelty' act, replete with farmyard-like noises. This wasn't even the best of the several novelty acts - that distinction surely went to the far more polished Moldova, which finished 10th (out of 26):-
My own choices:-
Czech Republic (finishing 6th):-
Estonia - the operatic lady imprisoned in the swirling-patterned, circus-tent of a dress (8th):-
Denmark - 5 husky 'Vikings' stomping their way through a rather good. tuneful song. They included a couple of nice bits of 'rough'. (9th):-
But I finally reverted to my own original choice and cast my vote for Sweden which, in the first part of the voting, the 'juries' votes, was coming second after Austria, (which I rated as indifferent) only to be knocked down by the people's vote (huh!) to 7th place. I still think it was the classiest entry.
As for my least-liked:-
Predictably, perhaps, the hard-rock Hungary (21st), the boringly unmemorable Slovenia (22nd) - and the 'Spice Girls' of Cyprus, coming second! of all things! - and bookies joint-favourite with Israel. I can only ask why?:-
And, of course, among my least liked was............yes, Israel!
Then there was poor little SuRee of the U.K. following Eurovision 'tradition' by coming in at 24th place, though I really thought she would have come a lot of higher, and deservedly so.
Her act was near-highjacked by a stage intruder who grabbed her mike mid-song, shouted something about the "U.K. Nazi media" (no idea what he was referring to specifically!) and was speedily hustled off the stage, SuRee carrying gamely on, apparently little fazed. Good on her. It's currently not clear exactly who the intruder was, still under police detention, though it's being said that he is not British, and has done this stage-stealing action at least a couple of times before in other events:-
The quartet of female comperes really did drag things out rather more than it was needed, I felt - and why on earth, with 26 songs to get through, did the event have to start with two additional songs as well as all the unnecessary, but now obligatory parade of the flags? The contest itself didn't start until 16 minutes in! Then with last year's winner (now thankfully rejuvenated with heart transplant) providing yet a further two songs, though as he was in the intermission between all the acts having performed and the voting results, it was more forgivable. Nonetheless, by then my brain had been over-stuffed.
So there it is. Until next year in Israel (will it then be held in a 'new', Trump-promoted capital of Jerusalem?) when I can only hope that the final result will be more in accord with my own tastes than this one was.
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