Thursday, June 01, 2006

American Idol the Way It Should Be

Lordi, a Gwar-esque rock band from Finland, recently took top prize at the Eurovision Song Contest - the show that's been pitting European nations against each other American Idol style since 1956.

From The Advertiser:

FINNISH rockers Lordi has won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest - a stunning upset in a competition better known for bland dance music and bubble-gum pop.

The cartoon metalheads, who sport latex monster masks and spark-spewing instruments, fought off a strong challenge from Russian heartthrob Dima Bilan to take the 51st annual music prize.

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The Finns, who scandalised some compatriots when their song Hard Rock Hallelujah was chosen to represent the Nordic nation, was the surprise hit of the competition.

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Lordi beat an unusually eclectic 24-nation field on Saturday, which ranged from the bubble-gum pop of Danish teenager Sidsel Ben Semmane and Malta's Fabrizio Faniello to the balladry of Ireland's Brian Kennedy.


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