The final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 had perhaps the largest number of quality acts ever. It’s tough picking between all those extraordinary songs, so it’s only natural that some amazing performances were bumped from the top. And yet some results were so clearly wrong, so egregious, so appalling, that they constitute crimes against Europe! Here are five of my picks…
Italy: Il Volo finishes third
The wiwibloggs staff had a variety of favorites going in to the final. Yet at the end of the show the consensus among many (but not all) of us was that Italy was the winner. They closed the show with the most amazing performance of the night and they won the televote. And they were given third? This is not just a crime, it’s a sin. (Obviously not everyone agrees with me).
France: Lisa Angell places 25th
Lisa Angell delivered a beautiful song in a beautiful way. The staging was incredible, and the message in the song was powerful. As we wrote ahead of the final, “Her LED screen simply and beautifully tells a story of perseverance — not just of the individual, but also of the French people who, in recent months, have stared terror in its face.” This wasn’t a pop song, but rather a form of opera that that told a story and lifted us up. Everything about this screamed Top 10. And then it gets FOUR points? And finishes behind even the UK? Merde!
Spain: Edurne finishes 21st
The only reason Edurne comes after Lisa is that Europe gave her some more points. But again a brilliant song, an amazing voice, and great staging. From the Jesus-meets-Mary-Magdalene opening to the dress reveal to the ridic dancing-while-singing sequence, this brought drama, class, suspense and emotion. Again, another deserving of the top 10. And 21st place? Europe, were you not watching this? Mierda!
(Some members of) the audience booing
When members of the audience started booing Russia as the votes were announced, they brought disrepute upon themselves and Eurovision. Polina is a singer and she is not running the government of Russia. She did not pass the anti-gay laws and she did not decide to invade Ukraine. Some have said she should speak up for LGBT rights. These people forget there is an anti-propoganda law in Russia, and doing so could put Polina at risk. She hinted strongly at her semi final press conference that she supports rights for all, and she was consistently sweet to Conchita. The audience denigrated Eurovision with their rude and boorish behavior.
The juries also have been consistently shown to be corrupt (examples 1, 2, 3, 4, there’s more). Even in the cases where it’s not clear corruption, many jurors appear to be making their decisions before ever watching the show. Or they’re afraid to vote for an artist because others will consider it a poor decision.
The end result? Every year they reduce the placement of some of the best and most popular songs. Italy this year, Poland last (and this) year, Romania the year before.
It’s time to eliminate the juries.