Growing up in Europe, one couldn’t avoid the annual ritual that is the Eurovision Song Contest. Embarassingly, Ireland has won the contest more times (7) than any other county. Responsible for unleashing ABBA on an unsuspecting world in 1974, the contest also has to be blamed for “Riverdance“. The music is largely worthless, clean-cut, “EuroPop”, which makes it interesting that this year’s winner was Finnish metal band Lordi for their work “Hard Rock Hallelujah!”
ABBA, these guys ain’t! There’s a Google Video of their performance here.
Interestingly, the very participation of the group was opposed by some individuals in the host country Greece. The President of a Greek restaurant and bar owners’ union, Mrs. Niki Kostantinidou, issued the following statement (speaking for all Hellenes) in March:
‘NO ENTRANCE’ TO THE FINNISH MUSIC GROUP!!
‘LORDI’ STAY OUT OF HELLAS!!
Hellenes declare that they do not accept the entrance of the elected Satanic Finnish Music Band in Greece during the next EUROVISION SONG CONTEST that is to be organized in Athens, because it has nothing to do with human, Hellenic and Finnish civilization.
We ask all people with common sense to say ‘NO’ to this evil presence and ‘NO’ to all these people that chose this song and music group, as the best to represent Finland.
We ask the Finnish Government, the Leader of Finnish Church, the Leader of Finnish Parliament to take place and stop the song now, declaring their opposition to the representation of Finland by this evil group of musicians and singers.
We ask the Finnish Commission of Eurovision Song Contest to cancel the procedure and choose another song.
This evil & satanic Finnish band is not welcome in Greece. We welcome all Finnish friends that love and respect Hellenic civilization, Hellenic Christian Church and our Orthodox believes. (source)
Mrs. Kostantinidou would fit right in here in the US, methinks.