Athens.- 2006 is definitely Finland’s year. They have been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1961 but had never managed until now to rank higher than in seventh place. In fact, their performances in the ESC during these last years were all but good. However, the Finns came in Athens this year feeling wild, or to be more precise feeling hard rock and performing “Hard Rock Hallelujah.”
To begin with, comments on Lordi were controversial. Their creepy costumes on one hand, their hard rock spirit on the other; many were saying they did not fit to the Eurovision style. However, as time went by Lordi were not only becoming the people’s favourites, they also attracted the attention of the other contestants, most of whom openly voiced their liking for the monsters!
The applause Saturday night was the most solid proof. Gathering a total of 292 points on the night of the final, Lordi are the first Finns in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest to have claimed the trophy.
Following the announcement of the final results, Mr Lordi took the stage and collected his trophy from the hands of last year’s winner Helena Paparizou and ERT President Christos Panagopoulos.
Anna Vissi, who was amazing and really overwhelmed spectators, landed in ninth place. Russia’s Dima Bilan singing “Never Let You Go” ranked second, while Hari Mata Hari from Bosnia-Herzegovina with “Lejla” came third. Romanian Mihai Traistariu singing “Tornero” and Swedish Carola performing “Invincible” ranked fourth and fifth respectively.