And the winner is…Azerbaijan?!?!?
It’s not a bad song by any stretch, but in my opinion, it benefited from a pretty good draw and the fact that Turkey wasn’t competing in the Final that night. It’s too early to tell if I’m going to Baku next year or not; I might need a few days to decompress! (Lucky for me, I fly to Israel tomorrow to board a cruise with my parents! If you don’t hear much from me over the next few days, that’s why!)
On the happier side of the coin, I’m absolutely THRILLED that Italy’s Raphael Gualazzi came in an incredibly respectable runner-up position. It wasn’t because of the fact that Eurovision fans missed Italy, and it wasn’t because of some hyped-up production…I like to think that it was because the music was real, heartfelt, and well-performed. I’ve met with Raphael a few times over these past two weeks, and, bar none, nobody else that I had met with here in Germany feels the music running through his veins as much as he does. If someone asks him to sing acapella, he closes his eyes and moves his fingers as if a piano were in front of him. He’s fantastic, and he has an amazing career ahead of him.
Sweden came in 3rd, which is a pretty remarkable contrast from the train-wreck that his first few rehearsals displayed. Early fan favorites Hungary and Estonia came in 22nd and 24th, respectively, and Jedward beat Blue in the scoreboard.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m exhausted, and I’ve got an early flight to catch. My voice is gone, and my feet hurt from the three-inch stilettos I’m rocking tonight. But I’ve never been happier.
I’ll catch you guys soon!