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First reactions to the result.

Posted on 2006.05.21 at 01:24
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
First of all well done to Andrew for the amazing pictures below. A BIG thanks to Peter and Andrew for their great reporting during the week, not forgetting Dermot and Ryan. A big thanks for all the comments, postitive and otherwise.

First reaction : What a GREAT result for Eurovision, for Finland and (dare I say it) for Ireland.

Finland has sent 40 entries to the contest, never finished in the Top 3, and now they score a HUGE win. I think that its a truely great song and that fact remains after you cut away the gimmicks. This will open up the contest to many different styles of music, and it'sd probably the best result fot the contest since ABBA won in 1974. Helsinki will be a great host cty (even if we have to leave he sunblock at home) and YLE are an experienced broadcaster that have hosted many big international athletics events.

For Rusia it's another case of so near and yet so far, a second runner-up spot, but the Russians are still very happy as are the Bosnians who finished third, their best ever result.

It was touch and go for Ireland to hang onto a Top 10 place, but once I remwembered that Turkey was last to vote, I was able to rela. No semi for Ireland in 2007.

Sweden seem to be disappointed with 5th, which is about where I would have put it and he Greeks seem very disappointed with 9th. I felt like congratulating Jean-Paul Gaultier for not onlt gets thousands of Euros for that horrible Anna Vissi dress, but also for stopping us having to come back to Greece next year. As much as I enjoyed my time, it's always great to have a new host country, and we have now gone to new hosts for five successive years.

The big shocks were Germany down in 15th and Malta last, with one one single point. I'm not the slightest bitt surprised to see Lithuania 6th. It was a novelty that was very well performed. Well done to Lithuania and Macedonia on their best ever results and especially to Armenia on a great debut in 8th.

I case you haven't heard Ireland was 9th in the semi and only 9 points ahead of Poland in 11th. It was very close. The Irish voters went for Lithuania in both the semi, as I had heard and in the final. It was more than just an immigrant vote.

Andorra only got 8 points in the semi (from Spain of course) to finish rock bottom.

More tomorrow.  



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(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 22:58 (UTC) (Link)
Call me old fashioned if you wish, but I thought it was meant to be a song contest rather than a fancy dress competition. In my view, this was not the best song.
miamartinis at 2006-05-20 23:00 (UTC) (Link)


great show , great reporting . you guys are the best ...
well done finland .. waited 40yrs and came with lordi i hope the countrys which are waiting for a win will sit up and take notice , its not a song contest its a performace contest.. now ! (shame)
and daz should be proud of his performance ...
brian delivered a great vocal and fully deserves is placing..
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:06 (UTC) (Link)
Great news for Finland. Finland deserve this win after trying for 40 years. Sadly, the "song" won because it was visually humerous and was entertaining because of the costumes they wore. Probably not a good result for Eurovision because next year they will all be coming in ridiculous costumes and masks. Perhaps we should call it the Eurovision dance and Fancy dress contest in future?
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:06 (UTC) (Link)

Well done to AKOE

Hey guys,

Well done on your superb coverage of the last week. It's been great checking out your opinions of the songs. I really enjoyed the final...though was a bit disappointed with the hosts...Sakis and Maria really didn't know what was happening and the voting was very messy...not sure if I like the new voting system either and they must have forgot to check the top 5 when they were supposed to or had trouble doing it.

But all in all, great show of both final and semi-final. I had 6 of the 10 finalists in the semi and 9 of the top 10 in the final but couldn't see where Armenia came from again...I thought Norway was hauntingly good and would have made top 10....then I would have had 10/10!

I had promised myself that I was going to go to ESC next year...I'll have just completed law exams and would be a nice break and holiday but really wanted a warm country to win. But Finland would be very cool (no pun intended) and Helsinki is a great city that have indeed hosted great athletics events (I'm surprised you knew that) like the World Championships in 1995 and the European Championships in 2005.

Right, that's all from me...well done again all at AKOE.

Best wishes,
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:10 (UTC) (Link)
On one hand I'm pleased with Brian's placing which means that Ireland qualify for the finals next year but on the other hand, nine of the ten songs in the top ten were from the semi final. This means that there is a clear advantage in coming from the semi final as your song is seen twice. Next year, Ireland will be unlikely to be in the top ten so Semi finals 2008 here we come! Daft isn't it?
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:24 (UTC) (Link)
That's a good point. Did you notice also that Ireland (in 10th) was the best placing of any non-Balkan/Baltic nation? I reckon if the UK sent Robbie Williams singing 'Angels' we'd still be in the bottom 10.

It's not sustainable. I don't think any country outside of the Baltic/Balkan regions will ever win Eurovision again.

But Helsinki will be fun.

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(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:26 (UTC) (Link)
Malta came bottom because the singer did a 'Jemini': he was out of tune for much of the time. He'll be so disappointed when he sees the playback.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:37 (UTC) (Link)
Wow that is amazing 9/10 qualifiers in the top 10... well last year's top 2 were direct qualifiers so maybe it's just due to quality more than anything else.

Well none of my 5 bets got any money for me... the bookies always win! I can't believe Malta came last! I know it was 100/1 but I always thought it was a shoo-in for the top 10. The vocals were just dreadful but I still am very surprised.

I actually got positions 2, 3, 5 and 9 spot on but I got Finland and Romania the wrong way round. Am actually gutted it's a song I don't like that wins again. Obviously I know why it won and it deserved it but it's not a song I want to hear ever again. And I love Tornero so much. Oh well!

Pleased for Ireland but it could have gone a little higher. As for Daz... the vocals were all fine and I still love the song but for some reason I watched it and thought this is Lindsay D all over again. I think the whole thing was very British and it didn't translate for parts of Europe. The rap probably put people off too. Still, we got points from 10 countries which was more than last year and at one point it looked like we might have scraped 10th but we just kept on going down and down. Inevitable reaction from non-Eurovision forums "it's all political" again.

It's all over for another year :( The inevitable Eurovision hangover tomorrow and an exam on Monday. Boo.

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(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:34 (UTC) (Link)
One of the reasons I enjoy reading and listening to the AKOE team is that you love songs that, in the UK, I don't think we understand at all. Take Croatia. Keith has been raving about it from the start. But to these English ears it's just an annoying, derivative, repetitive racket (though she does have great tits).

But I think Ireland gave us 8 points tonight. So you're not all bad!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:38 (UTC) (Link)
I love the Croatian song on the CD, and I read the reviews saying that they came across well in rehearsals. So I put some money on them each way at 40/1!

However, they didn't come across well at all, despite this they were still the 3rd highest placed automatic finalists! Unfortunately Wogan talked all over the song, beginning, middle and end... he likes doing that with Croatian songs, doesn't he? (Maja Blagdan)

Darren, UK
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(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:42 (UTC) (Link)

I'm average!

I'm apparently Ms Middle European - I wrote earlier Saturday that I would be happy with either Romania, Finland, Bosnia or Russia winning. And I said I don't really like the Swedish song, but of course it would be fun to win and have ESC in Stockholm.

Now. The results are: 1. Finland 2. Russia 3. Bosnia 4. Romania 5. Sweden

And that makes me very, very average apparently!

/Sofia in Stockholm

Grattis Finland! You deserve it!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 00:19 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'm average!

I don't think you're Ms Middle European at all. I reckon you're Ms Baltic States who likes a bit of Balkan on the side. To be Ms Middle European you'd have to mention at least one of the following: UK, Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Andorra, Germany, Monaco, Malta. But you're a smart girl and recognise that none of these countries stands any chance of winning Eurovision.
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(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:45 (UTC) (Link)

Semi-final placings

Does anyone know how to find out the placings of countries in the semi-final (and the voting on the semi-finalists)?
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:50 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Semi-final placings

They are currently up at www.eurovision.tv in PDF format.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-20 23:55 (UTC) (Link)
This will open up the contest to many different styles of music, and it'sd probably the best result fot the contest since ABBA won in 1974.

Totally agree with this.

Martim Menisco
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 00:11 (UTC) (Link)

Thanks, guys

Thanks, guys, for a great week of great reporting. I had your site stand by for most of the time to read how things were going.

I thought tonight's show was one of the best in previous years, not only as a tv show but also the songs were better than they were in recent years. It was really hard to pick a winner. It's fun to see Finland winning after so many attempts.
I voted for the UK, I really thought it was a great song and I'm sad to see it finish so low.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 00:25 (UTC) (Link)
Ireland and the UK both gave big points to Lithuania. Are the voters so disheartened with Eurovision that they are now just opting for the biggest piss-take or novelty song?
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 00:29 (UTC) (Link)

Very happy!

Excellent show and a great victory for Finland! I am happy that victory came to a "traditional" Eurovision country and one that is not in the East. Now have to go buy some Lordi music.

Second year in a row that the contest is won by a country whose flag colors are blue and white!

(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 00:31 (UTC) (Link)

Gaultier stopping you from coming back ? NO !

You got it all wrong mate !
No greek would ever want to set eyes on your REVOLTING face and shirts, ever again !
Please please NEVER come back. Shame you were allowed in, in the first place !
Go back to Ireland, playing BINGO at some miserable retirement house, and enjoy the lovely weather !

SAD - PATHETIC - GO HOME (...and never come back !).

PERSONA NON GRATA to you and those like you (you know the ...sexually frustrated !)

We've had enough of you ! NOW GOT GET A REAL JOB !

Thank god they were not giving away any free beer ! You SO dont deserve it !


(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 00:35 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Gaultier stopping you from coming back ? NO !

My, you are a hissy Greek! Calm down and get yourself some deodorant.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 01:18 (UTC) (Link)

khama eurovision

oh come on, i know i am a fan of greek music, but there was just something about this eurovision i didn't like..really, i love ellada(greece) but i am kind of dissappointed with this years' eurovision...Mere!!!!na pas sto dialo!!!!!!!anna was great, and you make it sound like greece is a bad country..it's a great country..in my opinion the true winner is bosnia because of it's use of language and the ethic sound unlike ireland..im from american and god do i dread their accent!!!GREECE ROCKS..by the way, i liked finlands entry bu not as much as bosnia's
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-22 22:29 (UTC) (Link)

Re: khama eurovision

Greece is a great country. Just because some bird can't quite get it together to win a song contest doesn't make anyone or any nation bad. Chill out!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 01:22 (UTC) (Link)

khama eurovision

Kyiv eurovision was so much better than this eurovision, no offense to the greeks and their commity..but i really didn't like this year..The stage was horrible, along with the participants with the exception of bosnia, greece, ukraine, and finland..the best eurovisions that i have seen were: kyiv, riga, and instanbul!!why couldn't greece keep up the tradition of great hosting..krima!!!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 01:41 (UTC) (Link)

Go home keith and have a life

I am so happy that Greece scored more than Ireland.Soooooooooo happy.
Put some sunscreen Keith and go home!Europe decided Greece 9th Ireland 10th!!!
I cannot imagine any other reason why you hate Greece so much, obviously you are so jealous.

Enough with your ironic comments about Greece go home and get drunk as usual!

(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 02:00 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Go home keith and have a life

Yeah, but 24 hours ago you'd have been predicting Greece to win. So you can fuck off, frankly. :)
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 03:08 (UTC) (Link)
Firstly, thanks for the fantastic job you and all the guys have done over the last week. Your news, information and comments have been greatly appreciated and have really added to the build up to tonight.

Secondly, why are the Greeks being so vicious. People are entitled to their opinions. You don't have to agree but neither do you have to be so vitriolic. Greece lost and whether they came one place above Ireland or not, they did not win - end of story!!

I really enjoyed the competition and would have placed the top five pretty much as they were. Although I liked nothing about Lordi I knew it would do well but would have preferred Russia to win. As has been said previously tonight's result opens the door for a whole new generation of gimmicks.

I was suprised with a number of the placings though - Germany deserved very much better as did Malta. And then there is Daz who actually did worse than last year whilst predicting the best result in 10 years (did we not win 9 years ago and come second the following year). Pride and fall I think!!

Well done to Ireland for making it into the top 10. Brian put in a solid performance of what was a lovely song.

Thanks again - when do the preparations start for next year :-)

Chris - Glasgow
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 04:29 (UTC) (Link)
Bosnia and Herzegovina got 12 points from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Turkey - no surprise, and well deserved.

Monaco's 12 points to Bosnia and Herzegovina was a surprise though. Is Monaco the country that used a jury?
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 05:04 (UTC) (Link)
Glad to see I'm not the only Eurovision fan comparing the this win to Abba's.

My other half is a Lordi fan, so I knew of them, but I was mystified to hear they were going to be in Eurovision. I thought they'd be a giggle, I was a bit suprised to find myself voting for them twice.

Finland wasn't my favourite song - that would be Armenia or Romania - but their performance on stage AND OFF won my vote.

I think the director did them proud, making them look a lot less static, but he's not the only Greek who liked them! The whole band were extraordinarily gracious, Mr Lordi was charming and witty. They took the contest seriously, but not themselves, they joined in with the fun and I loved them for it. They earnt every single point they got fair and square.

All in all, Lordi have given the Eurovision an Abba-style kick in the backside. Lithuania and Iceland had the right idea, but Finland had the right strategy!
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 05:56 (UTC) (Link)
(Sunday Morning Post) I have really enjoyed the site during the build-up to the contest, and I send my congratulations to you all. I watched the shows (Thursday and Saturday) in Baku, Azerbaijan on a link to 1 Russia, so didn't hear an English commentary, but relied on your notes. So who dissapointed me? Malta - what on earth happened? Who surprised me? Germany - why so few votes. What pleased me? Finland - wonderful wonderful wonderful. I am so pleased for them and I'm looking so much to Helsinki next year, or will ne have a Finnish joke and put in in Oulu just to piss off Wogan! What did I not like? The Voting - 2 aspects. I was totally angered at the obvious local/regional voting for songs. I was almost 100% correct with my guesses for the 8,10 and 12 votes. I reckon only 3 or 4 juries voted for the better songs, Ireland and the UK were 2 of them. and the announcing of only the 8,10 and 12 votes. I was totally lost trying to see who the lower votes had gone too, and up to now I still have no idea as to who voted for Malta and France. The voting has gone from too slow to too fast. If there is a change then it must be that if you don't qualify for the final, you don't vote. That way I believe the standard of the songs will get a lot lot better than the poor selection we had this year. Again well done Finland, Lordi and YLE for having the guts to send us something different AND good.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 07:52 (UTC) (Link)
Congradulations Finland! You were great! :D

People you shouldn't forget that Eurovision isn't a contest of the best song or the best singer. It's a contest of the most popular song. So, people have said their word and we should respect it. ;)

We are very happy that Lithuania did so well this year. Congradulations LT United! You were great too! :)
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 08:15 (UTC) (Link)

Semi Final ?

You say that Ireland won't be in the semis next year, but I read that the rules were changing for next year, and that only the Top 6 songs from this year's final + "The Big Four" would automatically qualify for 2007, and then 14 songs would go through from the semi. Is this right?
Gordon UK
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 10:12 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Semi Final ?

No,the rules haven't changed for next year.The top 10 plus big 4 go through to the final. This was confirmed at the EBU press conference during the week.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 08:27 (UTC) (Link)
I know Greeks have a 'slight' tendancy to be hot headed - but I can really understand where they are coming from on this one. I don't think that Keith has exactly been a pillar of tact, throwing in constant derogatory comments... If it's not Anna Vissi's age it's her 'horrible' dress. For many of us, AKOE is the only true insight into the preparations of the ESC, and I really believe that ironically, Keith has been a contradiction to the purpose. I can assure you that his opinion is not very well respected. In fact, I think it's more likened to a hysteric school girl. Peter on the other hand is probably the only individual that provides a real perspective on the activities and can actually offer the most constructive comments regarding the competitors. And he's always spot on. I think Keith should perhaps takes some pages out of Andrew's blog.

Anyway, Congratulations Finland for your win and Congratulations Ireland for your success.
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 10:16 (UTC) (Link)


I don't think that Keith has exactly been a pillar of tact, throwing in constant derogatory comments... If it's not Anna Vissi's age it's her 'horrible' dress.

I applaud the above remark.

Gongrats to Finland and the beautiful monsters.

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(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 08:35 (UTC) (Link)

Lets' meet to Ireland

ROFL and you were deadly serious
Well, WE shall meet, not sure for you ....old sick..man
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-21 12:52 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Lets' meet to Ireland

I don't get this post.......what are you trying to say?
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