Since I didn’t tweet Eurovision this year I haven’t had chance to discuss all my favourite bits, so here is my top 10 most exciting moments of this year’s final…
1. Eric Saade reading out the results for Sweden! I had no idea this was going to happen so it was a brilliant surprise as he’s one of my favourite popstars of the moment. I was also very excited to see Verka Seduchka’s surprise appearance in the Ukraine home video!
2. Lena’s winning speech – “do I have to sing now?”, the weird kissing moment with Alex Rybak, not being able to hold her trophy and hiding under the German flag, sure to become a classic Eurovision moment like when Dana International fell over giving the trophy to Charlotte Perelli.
3. Spain’s stage-crasher – another one for the history books! Has this ever happened before? I was impressed by Neo (or whatever his name was) carrying on like nothing happened. Shame it didn’t happen to a better entry so we could hear that again instead.
4. There were several amusing vote announcers as usual – the Eastern girl with an Aussie accent, the Israeli Dale Winton and the man who sang his votes being particular favourites.
5. The international flashmob was surprisingly entertaining and I especially enjoyed the bit where they went to webcams in houses all over Europe. There were dancing dogs and grooving grannies aplenty.
6. The Danish song in general (definitely my favourite) and especially the bit where they sped away from each other on hidden escalators, which was new for the final. I wonder, if people had only been able to vote at the end of the show like usual, would Denmark (on last) have won?
7. Iceland’s key change – there weren’t many proper pop songs in the contest this year, but Hera Bjork’s Je Ne Sais Quoi definitely made up for it. It was a schlager-disco-ballad the Swedes would be proud of.
8. Hanne Sorvaag having two songs in the final! I interviewed her a while ago and she was lovely, so I was very pleased to see her name in the credits of Norway and Georgia’s entries, the latter being one of the best ballads this year.
9. Flyfishing champion (and Eurovision presenter) Erik’s facial expressions. Just watch back a few clips and you’ll see what I mean. Whenever we paused the show when he was speaking, the image was always hilarious!
10. Catchy tunes – the theme this year seemed to be songs with a seriously infectious tune but not such memorable lyrics e.g. Greece, France and Moldova. All great to dance to in the Euroclub though I’m sure.