Saturday’s result was a Good Thing for the following reasons.
1. Serbia won on merit. Not for its novelty value, not for its gimmickry, but for the quality of both the song and its performance.
2. “Molitva” is the first downtempo song to win since 2000.
3. It is also the first non-English language song to win since 1998.
4. The last eight winners have all been from countries who have never won Eurovision before.
5. No country has won Eurovision more than once in the past thirteen years.
6. As Chig (and several others) points out, “Molitva” was popular with voters from all over Europe, and not just from Eastern Europe. It also scored the largest number of points from Western European voters. Conspiracy theorists please take note.
7. Mystic Mike correctly predicted the top two positions (albeit in the wrong order), and 60% of the top ten. My predicted bottom three all finished in the bottom four.
Saturday’s result was a Bad Thing for the following reasons.
8. Having placed a bet on a Ukranian victory, I am £10 worse off. Naturally, this renders points 1 to 7 above null and void.
Same time next year, then? But of course.
We now return you to your scheduled programming.