Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
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Not unsurprisingly the Brits got a real bashing. We were the last country to get award at least one point, and ended up sitting on the bottom for ages. I think it was Ireland who gaves us the first points. A bit unfair for Javine, as although not my kind of music at all, it wasn't bad enough to get such a low number of votes.
Terry Wogan's comments however were superb. They were so politically UNcorrect, I was amazed the BBC didn't take him off air. He really didn't like the Malta entry (she sounded like Celine Dion) and kept making references such as "C'mon, get granny off the top". It was probably the best comedy show on Saturday night. The presenters were terrible, but Terry made it better by continually referring to them as 'Ant and Shreech'.
One thing that Terry pointed out towards the end, that kind of puts the show into perspective, is that the 4 largest contributors to the Eurovision contest, in terms of finance, are Spain, United Kingdom, France and Germany, who made up the bottom 4 spots in the voting. If all 4 decided not to bother any more, there would be no more Eurovision. Even the host nation, Ukraine, only made 5th from bottom. All the new Baltic countries were voting high for each other, as did many neighbouring countries, which just added to the comedy element, as Terry was taking the p*** predicting who they were going to vote for.
For the rockers out there, you might have enjoyed the Swiss entry, Vanilla Ninja. A Euro version of Vixen. Not a great song, but they have potential. Or if you're into really bad glam metal, like Tigertailz or The Darkness, you might enjoy the Norwegian entry, Wig Wam. If you're in to Nu-Metal, like Linkin Park, you might enjoy the pub rock offering that the Ukraine entered, Greenjolly.
Everything else was standard EuroPop really. Nothing memorable at all.
Terry obviously did like all the scantily clad young ladies taking part. Especially the German entry, Gracia , who he claimed would entertain the 'Mac brigade'. She came on with a long black coat, which opened to reveal a very skimpy outfit as she launched into the song.
My other half asked a very interesting question though. Do the other countries treat Eurovision as big a joke as we do? I suspect not, seeing as this is probably the only international forum for many of the countries. But then again, aside from the winner, I doubt we'll hear any of them again. Even the winner will disappear after next year.
Thanks to Terry, it was good fun though