Lordi Lords Over Eurovision
Tue, 23 May 2006 09:01:23
While America prepares to crown a new American Idol, Europe has already chosen the winner of their popular show Eurovision: masked Finnish horror rockers Lordi, who surprised many and scandalized some when they were chosen to represent their country in the competition. The band, inspired by the theatrical likes of Alice Cooper and Kiss, is the first hard-rock band to emerge victorious from the show, which is in its 51st year.
Lordi’s “Hard Rock Hallelujah” was the landslide victor after votes from across Europe were tabulated. The runner-up was Dina Bilan from Russia.
Lordi are immediate heroes in their homeland, where they have ended a long dry spell for Finland. Their hometown of Rovaniemi will name a town square after the band, fans partied throughout the country in celebration, and the President and Prime Minister offered their congratulations. Beyond Finland, rockers all over Europe may be celebrating, as Lordi’s victory will presumably open the door to harder acts on a show that has primarily been dominated by pop and folk.
But winning isn’t without its price tag, and for Lordi, the cost of all the attention may be sacrificing the anonymity that has helped them seem larger than life in their stage personas. Tabloids were already hot on the trail of pictures of the band sans makeup and masks.
The losers, meanwhile, were left to lick their wounds. UK rapper Daz Sampson claimed that his dismal 19th place showing was the result of anti-British politics. His poor finish raised the concern of one countryman named Morrissey who said -- jokingly, we presume -- that he was waiting for the call to represent his country on next year's show.