ello again and welcome to the final part of my jaunt to Finland.
This segment of the blog wasn't actually written in Finland, as I missed the show, as I was travelling to the airport, so I watched it when I got home.
The final part of the blog is as the title suggests, Eurovision night. Not the whole night leading up to and including Eurovision, but the show itself.
The show opened with each of the 26 acts, being introduced in the style of a fashion show. Representatives of each country preceded down the long catwalk to the stage to introduce both country and act to the competition.
The camaraderie between the compères was interesting. Måns Zelmerlöw was presenting - as he'd won last year in Austria - with Petra Mede - who hosted the show in the same risqué fashion back in 2013 - and together they were alright. I would have preferred to have watched Petra present on her own, but it's now common for the winner to present all or part of the show.
The voting changes again this year was another fun and interesting feat. For the first time in the 60 year history of Eurovision, the viewers votes were added to the jury votes which made fans around the world feel like they'd contributed to crowning a winner, but this also created the biggest points ever recorded.
In all honesty, this year wasn't great. A lot of the performances not great but there were a few which stood out for me... These were the bands and artists who didn't make it through the semi finals.
Justin Timberlake also made an appearance as the interval act this year, while all the votes were being counted. He was also here to promoted his new single, which for me was eminently forgettable, as I'm not a fan of his.
Jamala won with her song '1944' for Ukraine which caused controversy in Russia and a mixed debate with fans and non fans alike. I don't care about all that crap. Songs about war and fighting have won in the past, take ABBA for example. Their song was about the battle of Waterloo and that won the damn contest. A heartfelt song with an honest and emotional meaning, is a winner in my book.
So in conclusion, I want to just say that overall it wasn't bad and it wasn't great, but it could've been much better. I also loved my time in Finland, so much so that I'll be travelling back for my birthday, for a few weeks at the end of September. I want to do more exploring and travelling to see the things I didn't get to see and while I'm there, we may go to Estonia and/or Norway for a few days. So be sure to check out the sequel to this series as there could be another potential meet up with the band and maybe more.