It has been a truth long universally acknowledged that Eurovision’s audience, especially nowadays, is heavily gay, but even after recent years, when it became a serious problem that the contest was hosted by such homophobic countries as Russia and Azerbaijan, I don’t think the implications of that really hit home until last night. Indeed, Russia and Belarus probably sealed the win for Conchita Wurst when they tried to bully her out of the contest. Trying to dictate what other people get to include in their contests by their own backwardness is always evil enough, but when the audience has the demographics it does, it’s far worse. So the audience with their cheers and boos(and it may not have been nice, but given how many people have been pussyfooting around Russia’s wrongdoings at events like these it was kind of refreshing that these people didn’t) and the voters with their votes made their statement on whom Eurovision belongs to, and crowned one of their own as winner.
I admit, “Rise Like a Pheonix” as a song did not especially impress me, though it was hardly a bad song either, and I feel bad for the Dutch pair, who would’ve been a great winner otherwise(though my personal favorite was Spain, but they never would’ve won anyway). But Eurovision has been won for worse reasons than this, and meanwhile, it means next year the contest will stay within countries that aren’t passing laws that persecute the audience and aren’t at war with anybody, and these days that is no small thing.
Generally, meanwhile, I really enjoyed this year’s contest; the song quality by Eurovision standards was on the high side, besides the Netherlands and Spain, other songs that I liked included Hungary’s(though I am surprised by how well it did, given how dark a song it was), Romania’s(hope those two come back again), and Montenegro’s, and while the Swedish song was nothing special, Sanna Nielsen’s gets best in show marks for singing ability. But the thing I liked the most was actually the creation of the flags during the intro segments; it was a nice concept, and the creativity shown by the artists in how they created their colors was truly delightful. Amoung the better ones was Romania using the reflection of light in water, Greece using shells, which was appropriate, Italy using food, which was even more appropriate, and of course Great Britain using their iconic red buses. And poor France might have flopped completely with their song, but theirs was definitely the coolest flag creation.