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Finnish square named after Lordihttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5006286.stmEurovision Song Contest [Windows Media Player]http://www.eurovision.tv/english/index.htmThe axemanâs serious sidehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1781044,00.htmlLordi be, Europe!http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/opinion/story.jsp?story=692191Molvania Disqualified from Eurovision [Shockwave]http://www.jetlagtravel.com/molvania/eurovision_2004.htmlThereâs nothing quite like the Eurovision Song Contest in the United States, though some might claim that the popular television program âAmerican Idolâ might be the closest analogue to this long-running contest that resembles a musical exploration of Europeâs constituent nations. Over its fifty year history, Eurovision has elected a number of memorable songs to the top of its contest, including ABBAâs âWaterlooâ, Celine Dionâs performance of âNe Partez Pas Sans Moiâ, and that perennial favorite, âDing Dinge Dongâ, sung by the Netherlandsâ own Teach-in. This year, amidst the usual fierce competition that everyone has come to expect, Finlandâs own hard-rocking group Lordi came in at number one in the competition with their song âHard Rock Hallelujahâ. Distinguished primarily by their distinctive outfits, which resemble costumes cast-off from the 1986 film âMasters of the Universeâ, the band has caused quite a stir in their native Finland. Some had claimed that members of the band were nothing but Satanists, but lead singer and band spokesman Mr. Lordi dismissed all such claims in a recent interview, stating âThis is entertainment. The masks are like our calling card and weâll never perform without them. It would be like Santa Claus handing a child his gifts at Christmas time and then pulling off his beard and saying, âBy the way, Iâm your fatherâ¦ââ Needless to say, the Finns are already talking excitedly about pulling off a repeat in 2007, but skeptics note that such a feat is a rarity in the history of this highly animated contest. The first link will take users to the homepage of Billboard, where they will find an article on the recent victory of Lordi at the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend in Athens. The second link will take users to a news story from the BBC that announces that the Finnish city of Rovaniemi is going to name a square after their hometown heroes and their recent âmonsterâ victory. The third link leads to the well-designed homepage of the Eurovision Song Contest. The site contains an impressive blend of multimedia features, ranging from retrospectives of previous contests and videos from some of the featured artists. The fourth link leads to a piece of commentary on the whole business of âhigh-browâ versus âlow-browâ music by the Guardianâs Pascal Wyse, complete with commentaries offered by those who decided to enter the whole fractious debate. The fifth link leads to an impassioned piece on the whole Eurovision business by the Belfast Telegraphâs own Gail Walker, who refers to the pan-European songfest as the âContest of Kitschâ. The sixth link leads to the uproarious entry offered by the fictional country of Molvania in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. Titled âElektronik-Supersonikâ, the whole bizarre performance will give some viewers a slight Iron Curtain-infused tingle. Others may not be similarly amused, but itâs all in good fun.
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