russia wins eurovision, norway places fifth

Congratulations to Dima Bilan and Russia for their first ever Eurovision Song Contest win last Saturday in Belgrade. Last year, Knut and I was able to watch the finals in Helsinki, but this year, my friends and I gathered together for a highly-anticipated final, score sheets and all. I didn’t tip Russia to win, but was rooting for Norway what with Maria’s pitch-perfect performance of “Hold On Be Strong.” Now that lady is one class-act.

I thought Dima Bilan’s 2006 performance and song was much better than “Believe.” I felt that he was trying too hard this time, even ripping his shirt towards the end which I thought was senseless. I spy a Gucci belt, though. Well, one couldn’t deny the charm of a body like that, but come on. Ukraine would have even made a “right” winner. She gave a solid and tight performance. She had sex oozing out of that €50,000-silver dress, something that was lacking in Sweden’s Charlotte Perelli, which was tipped to win but failed miserably. Ani Lorak’s voice was spectacular and she’s too charming for a diva. 3rd-placer Kalomira for Greece looked and danced like Britney Spears, and a prettier one at that. 4th-placer Sirusho for Armenia was cute and her song, hypnotic. If you would notice, all three are moulded into the same hip-gyrating, boob-popping, manicured-beauty form.

Then came Maria who was brilliant in her performance, giving a proper ending to the show contest. The song written by fellow Norwegian artist Mira Craig was the most current-sounding in the competition. Her fifth-place win is a farcry from last year’s Norwegian entry who didn’t even qualify for the finals. She got votes from 35 out of 43 voting countries, with 12 points coming from neighbors Finland and Sweden. I’m proud of our homegirl for doing a great job in Belgrade! I also truly enjoyed the performances of Israel, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Spain, France, Sweden (despite a false note towards the end), and the three runners-up.

The final placings are as follows:

  1. Russia
  2. Ukraine
  3. Greece
  4. Armenia
  5. Norway
  6. Serbia
  7. Turkey
  8. Azerbaijan
  9. Israel
  10. Bosnia & Herzegovina

I won the tipping contest we had, I predicted 8 of the Top 10 songs, and placed one in its right position, and that was my own little victory Saturday night. And we’re looking at seeing the finals in Moscow next year! Now that would be just as sweet.

See the final scoreboard here.


14 Responses to “russia wins eurovision, norway places fifth”

  1. 1 Chase Ravndal May 26, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I saw it live as well on TVE Internacional and I am quite contented with the results but I am really rooting of course for Norway but I like the songs from Ukraine and Greece as well. Well hopefully next year I can travel to Moscow and see it live with Odd and my Norwegian father since he can speak Russian.

  2. 2 freshmess May 26, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Let’s all go, Chase! :) I only know “spasiba” hehehe

  3. 3 Chase Ravndal May 27, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Oh yes! That would be nice! Hopefully we can get tickets like you did before it goes sold out!

  4. 4 freshmess May 27, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Yeah, tickets go out very quickly so we have to be on the lookout when the sale starts. Hehehe. :)

  5. 5 dianeca May 27, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I think Mari was really great and we were watching and hoping she would win! But it seems like the sex, flash and jazz is what sells when it comes to the voting!! No surpise, ain’t the firt time!!

  6. 6 wah May 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    cool!!! i wish we could watch eurovision here.

  7. 7 freshmess May 27, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    @ dianeca – she couldn’t have done it any better, she gave her best, and quickly she made a name in europe. :)

    @ wah – you’d be a fan, too :)

  8. 8 RennyBA May 27, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    I can tell you are hopelessly devoted to this song contest Mark :lol:

    I’m just glad Norway beets Sweden ;-)

  9. 9 freshmess May 27, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Hahaha! Er det harry, Renny? :D Charlotte was good, too, but Maria was brilliant!

  10. 10 r*yan May 31, 2008 at 7:55 am

    forget the music, that dima is hawt! phwoar!

  11. 11 freshmess May 31, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Hahaha, r*yan! And thanks to the Ohlala boys, you can find some steamy photos of Dima here:

  12. 12 armeen ;) December 10, 2008 at 3:02 pm


  13. 13 heyy January 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    2009 numberone turkey:)

  14. 14 Anna March 5, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Armenia is THE BEST! Wow

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