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After fourty-five years in the Eurovision wilderness, with the help of Demons and a hard-rock sound, Helsinki cruised to victory in Athens. Lordi won the contest with 292 points – a record at the time – and successfully smashed the untouchable status of ballads and dance-songs as the only viable Contest choices. Notably too spider-cam was introduced, enabling panning and sweeping shots of the performances on stage in Greece.

The Winner

There’s something quite special about Lordi besides the fact that they were so obviously not Eurovision in the slightest. It was a left-field play and could quite easily one imagines have gone awry were it not for the strength of ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ as a song. It’s composition was a breath of fresh air and Lordi brought an altogether different kind of fierce to the Contest.

The Best Of The Rest

Tina Karol nailed it for Ukraine. Kiev makes divas like none of the other ex-Soviets and Tina’s ‘Show Me Your Love’ was a bizarrely folksy, dizzying and distinctively Ukrainian upbeat affair. The great big note and twirling Cossack dancing of the piece was truly fabulous. Carola may have failed to score any twelve points but she added some star quality to the Contest, and the enormous train was just plain amaze.

http://youtu.be/iTAz3Gx-1QE

Unsung Heroes

Poor Anna. She only came 9th and has forever been written off as one of Greece’s worst results at the Contest. Anna rasped through her performance like no other and her tangled mane of blonde hair was ‘Everything’. The wild head-shaking segment at the end also totally sells her performance. Ireland’s Brian Kennedy is also often unfairly overlooked. The message of his song was beautiful and the understatement of the performance was refreshing amidst the swirling pool of chaotic Eurovision bombast.

The Losers

Evidently after Chiara Europe’s resounding answer was “we don’t, we don’t, we don’t.” Poor Fabrizio. Nil points is embarrassing but a single point is even more humiliating. Not quite hideous enough to receive no points enough but not meriting of anything more than a single point. He performed with gusto with the backing dancers though so he gets points for that at least.

Angus Quinn contributed this report from the U.K. You can follow him on Twitter at @Angus_Quinn17. Then like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and gossip.

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Almanakut Brasil
6 years ago

Eurosong 2014 The Exclusive Strings – Hard rock Hallelujah LORDI (videoclip)

Danielle van Berkom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiIU8VrFY9E

Rashad
Rashad
6 years ago

There were many uptempo songs that year, and Lordi was clearly standing out among them.
I like the Ukrainian entry, but Tina should’ve moved more during her performance.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

All I can say is “We are the winners, WE ARE, WE ARE!” Ok, I can say a bit more than that. Lithuania and Iceland with two of the funniest joke entries ever, Ukraine brought the fire with an amazing vocal performance, Ireland had a gorgeous, moving ballad, Moldova showed us the cheapest dress changes ever, Russia gave us an awesome ballad, the UK with a performer who has lots of songs in DDR (regardless of how silly the song was), Sweden bringing back Carola, Bosnia and Herzegovina with the wonderful Zeljko-composed entry, and Germany with the amazing country-tinged pop… Read more »

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Lordi are my favourite winners. Eurovision was just a boring contest before.

Thiefo
Thiefo
6 years ago

I like Lordi because it smashed the “this is not suited for Eurovision” stereotype… unfortunately people still say this nowadays, but at least now there’s a proof that “non fit for ESC” entries CAN do well, even win.
One of my favourites, not mentioned here as Lejla from Bosnia & Herzegovina, such a great song.
And I can’t believe you didn’t mention Silvia Night as well! I’m disappointed wiwibloggs! 😛

marinek
marinek
6 years ago

I SURELY REMEMBER TORNERO FROM ROMANIA! PERFECT!
IT WAS ALSO A PERFECT EUROVISION SHOW FROM ATHENS,GREECE.
AND THE FACT THAT BEAUTY(HELENA PAPARIZOU)GAVE THE PRIZE TO THE BEAST!(LORDI).

rob
rob
6 years ago

2006… what a beautiful eurovision!
Greece realy made a magnificent show!
I also loved lordi!!! Great winner!!!

Woz
Woz
6 years ago

That year was all about Romania

Digi
Digi
6 years ago

I don’t like this song. So, Eurovision 2006 is worst ESC besides from 2008,2011,& 2013. The real winner ESC 2006 is Bosnia Herzegovina,Romania,or Belgium. Sorry

David Thielen
David Thielen
6 years ago

Lordi is awful

Dar
Dar
6 years ago

Quality wise a very bad year for Eurovision. Full of joke entries !!!
However the good thing about lordi winning is that it opened the contest to a wider audience who would have no interest in Eurovision previously

Dhani
6 years ago

2006 was one of my favorite years and the first year that i bought the CD and knew all the songs.

the best songs was Bosnia/Herzegovina, UK, Ireland, France, Denmark, Germany, Monaco, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Albania, Belgium, Switzerland and of course the amazing Silvia Night from ICELAND

Dhani
6 years ago

“Anna has forever been written as one of Greece’s worst results in the contest”. WTF?? She came 9th!!! That’s a really god result, and other countries would be extremely happy to achieve 9th!! And Greece have had lots of worse results than that!!

You have to understand that there actually also was a Eurovision song contest before year 2000! And in the 20st century, Greece had lots of worse results than 9th place.