I have spent the past three evenings enthralled by the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark this year. It was a tight race up to the end with a bit of geopolitical intrigue as any votes for Russia were booed by the audience. For once my top three was fairly close to the final voting results. The winner was the amazing Conchita Wurst (Austria) with her song "Rise Like A Phoenix," an epic power ballad which could easily be the theme song for a James Bond movie.
My second choice didn't make the top three, but was my favorite dance song in the competition: Freaky Fortune featuring RiskyKidd (Greece) with "Rise Up"
My third choice ended up finishing second on the night: The Common Linnets (The Netherlands) with their alt-country song "Calm After The Storm"
Honorable mention must go to Carl Espen (Norway) for his sensitive and lovely ballad "Silent Storm"
In the second semi-final Australia got a special segment while the votes were being counted due to our obsession with Eurovision and desire to participate in it (even though geographically we cannot). After what could be considered a cringe-worthy skit of Australian stereotypes our very own Jessica Mauboy got to sing a song she especially wrote for the Eurovision stage:
All in all it was another good year with a truly stand out winner. Congratulations Conchita!