Wot a logo. What a year.
THE YEAR OF THE KNEE HIGH BOOTS
THE YEAR OF THE SPARKLY SHORTS
THE YEAR OF THE LA LA LA & THE PA PA PA & THE POM POM POM
Could it be worse than last year? Methinks so.
THE OFFICIAL TOP THREE:
MY TOP THREE:
France ties with Italy
KRUNOSLAV SLABINAC. TVOJ DJEČAK JE TUŽAN
Get down ‘Kićo’! Is he doing this because someone made him? Incredible red and white flock wallpaper suit. Psychedelic/A hint of The Doors/Tom Jones vocals/The Turtles/Euro-Elvis. Only toned down. A little operatic. And in Croatian. How can you not love it to pieces?
CLODAGH RODGERS. JACK IN THE BOX
A girl in sparkly pink hotpants. Four back-up singers in purple pant suits. And a catchy tune. A winning combo.
MASSIMO RANIERI. L’AMORE E UN ATTIMO
A man in a suit. He can sing. With some emotion. Bravo!
SERGE LAMA. UN JARDIN SUR LA TERRE.
See comment for Italy. Bravo!
Special mention to:
MARKKU ARO & KOIVISTOLAISET. TIE UUTEEN PÄIVÄÄN
A brown theme. 2 females (in brown) and a non-fiddle-playing Alexander Rybak clone (in brown) against a (golden) brown backdrop. Weird timing, weird musically, weird everything. Good. But weird.
JACQUES RAYMOND & LILY CASTEL. GOEIEMORGEN, MORGEN.
Last minute replacement act. So Burt Bacharach. They can sing.*
Award for Best Use of Right Arm
Award for Excessively Lengthy Painfully Drawn Out Finale Thingy
Award for Best Impersonation of Medieval Monks
* A notable achievement this year