Dishes, oh, how did these damn things pile up so quickly?
Alright, so much for the complaining bit. Wasn’t it a marvelous Eurovision? The 66th ESC certainly did not fail to impress. Finally, Eurovision 2022 got the attention and love that it really deserves. Our Party Mushroom was lovely, there was a ginormous amount of balloons and I even made strawberry punch. (And produced many-a dishes in the process.)
Every year, I find the score cards more than fascinating. For once, the way people fill them out rather differently and secondly, for the surprising accurance. This year saw the new invention of the Pummeluff vote. Just in case you are not familiar with the wonderful world of Pokemon, the special power of Pummeluff is putting people to sleep with its song.
The Ukraine won the ESC 2022 and, of course, people are complaining, it was an entirely political vote. To me, Kalush Orchestra are a just winner. Hear me out:
First of all, they are a real band; not one of those put together ESC projects. One of the band members wrote the song and dedicated it to his mother before the war. The line (more or less properly translated) ‘I will always find my way home, even if all roads have been destroyed’ hit a cord. Singing in their own language (check), with flute (check) and folklore elements (check). They mixed new and old elements — perfectly crafted Eurovision song.
Secondly, the Ukraine has entered the ESC in 2003 and has performed nothing but well ever since. They always made it to the finale and won twice (Ruslana Lyzhichko “Wild Dances” and Jamala “1944”). And who could forget Verka Serduchka with Dancing Lasha Tumbai?
Not to forget, the jury vote and the public vote hardly ever match. The European voters set a strong sign for peace. It’s gonna be interesting how they will put Eurovision on in the Ukraine next year. The UK, strangely enough on the left side of the board, came second. Their space Jesus just scared me. Pretty close was also Chanel for Spain with her ‘hypnotic booty’. (Maybe it’s just me, but didn’t we reach a decade where women should not just be judged by their looks and certain body parts?)
We had a wonderful ESC (despite all the dishes). Now, it’s a long, long year to wait. Did you watch?