Monday, May 22, 2006

Lordi Conquers Eurovision!

The Finnish heavy-metal-GWAR-esque band (see PoF's earlier coverage here), Lordi, has claimed an unequivocal victory at the 51st annual Eurovision awards.

Finland has never even ranked in the top five before. The country's highest placing was in 1973, when "Tom Tom Tom" by Marion Rung finished in sixth place. In 2004 and 2005, the Finnish entries didn't make it out of the semi-final into the final, and on three occasions, Finland has scored "nul points," finishing last with a score of zero.

Lordi's victory was almost a complete sweep of the 38 countries voting. Viewers vote for their favorite song by telephone during a 10-minute window in the live broadcast. Each country then reports its votes during the last hour of the show, awarding 12 points to the top vote-getter, 10 to second place, eight to third place, seven to fourth place and so on, down to one point for 10th place.

In related news, Germans ask why Europe hates them and the Russians refuse to concede.