The semi-finals for the Eurovision Song Contest are over, with the final happening in Belgrade tomorrow evening. What I didn’t realise about the newly rejigged semi-finals is that the selection of competing countries isn’t completely random: the Baltic and Balkan states have been deliberately split between the two heats so that they can’t all vote for each other. Even Greece and Cyprus have been kept apart to stop their annual round of mutual gratification.
The most shocking result from the semis was the elimination
of Dustin the Turkey
, the singing Irish puppet superstar with the self-referential song “Irland
Points”. I guess that’s the penalty for not taking Eurovision seriously
. And not being from eastern Europe.
Their success story to date remains unique in the world of music and impressively illustrates that no one should underestimate girl power…
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