I Predict a Riot
Here's my prediction for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest: the winner this year is Finland with Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi.
I know it's still a little too early to get into the spirit of the contest unless you're a diehard ESC fan. In fact I'm making this prediction without even having heard all the entries for this year's contest. I admit that this is neither very professional nor scientific of me.
I also know that it's unpartiotic of me to predict that Malta's entry may not be the winner at this year's contest. Yet, if you follow the Eurovision Song Contest as I have for the last several years you'll see why I make the controversial prediction that opens this blog post.
Read what Dan Bilefsky from the International Herald Tribune had to say about Lordi at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest as reproduced in the New York Times. Or take a look at this report in The Guardian from a couple of weeks ago. There's also more coverage on The Sunday Times (of London) and the BBC World News. To my knowledge, none of these prestigous news sources have published much of anything about any other country's entry at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. In my book, that's a very important point.
It seems absurd that a rock band similar in style to the most outlandish aspects of acts like Kiss and Alice Cooper should be in the Eurovision final at all. Then again, this is exactly what the contest needs to test the legacy it has created over more than half a century.
This is where and how anyone who has anything to say about televoting for such contests can make their voice heard. Vote for Lordi from Finland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Keep in mind that they first need to make it through the semi-final on the 18th of May.
You can listen to Hard Rock Hallelujah at the official Eurovision website, on Lordi's official website or their management company Monstereo's media page. The video, song and everything else is also on MySpace, of course.