Unlike seemingly every other blogger in the world, I haven't been obsessed with Eurovision since I was a little girl. I vaguely remember watching the 1998 contest at my Dad's flat- and being completely confused because Israel isn't a European country- and I have such strong memories of the 1999 one (in fact, I can still remember the words to our entry Say It Again. In my diary, I wrote that we were definitely going to win that year because our song was- and I quote- "really jazzy". I was gutted that I missed out on their performance because we didn't leave Pizza Hut soon enough). However, aside from those two incidences, I didn't watch it again until 2006, and that's only because I was stuck inside babysitting my cousin and I knew Lordi were entering. I think the first time I actually got excited about Eurovision was in 2012, so I'm more or less a newcomer to this world. Nevertheless, I absolutely bloody love it and I get super excited every year. One day I will go and see it in person. Or sign myself up as the UK entry. Either or.
Buranovskiye Babushki, to give them their real name. Six elderly Russian women shouting "Come on and dance!"? Yes please! Look at their little faces. They are having the time of their lives! They placed second which, if you ask me, is a complete farce. They had a combined age of 408 years and all the money they raised went towards building a church. This is the performance that beat them. Really, Europe? Really? Where's the fun in that, eh?
In 2006, I was Emo Queen of the World. Yeah, I know Lordi aren't emo, just bear with me a second. Since My Chemical Romance were all over the UK festival circuit at this time, I was going to Download every year which is obviously much more metal focused. Because of that, I became aware of Nordic metal acts such as Lordi (See, we got there in the end). It would be wrong to say I was a fan but I was aware of their presence within the rock and metal scene, so I was super excited to see them entered into Eurovision in 2006. While watching it, I was hugely offended that Sir Terry seemed to think they were just a comedy act but I never expected them to win. Man, was it exciting when they did! It was even more exciting the next Saturday when my local rock club played Hard Rock Hallelujah to celebrate Lordi's success. Ah, good times! And ten whole years ago. Haha ha haaaaa.... Christ, I'm old.