Well, folks, it’s over. The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is over. I would warn you that this article will contain spoilers, but let’s be real, it’s been over a week, and if you still don’t know who wins, then you’ve really done well.
The Grand Final took place just over a week ago (I know this is a bit delayed) in Vienna, where a record 27 countries took to the stage to fight it out for the fame and the glory. Ultimately, there could only be one winner, and that winner was Sweden. That’s right, we’re heading back to Sweden for the second time in less than 5 years – not bad. Watch out Ireland, Sweden is coming to get your record amount of wins! Måns Zelmerlöw of Sweden came back midway through the voting to comfortably beat Russia and Italy, and far exceeded everyone else (by votes) on the night.
Here’s Wikipedia’s breakdown of songs to votes:
So as you can see, Sweden, Russia and Italy dominated the voting, leaving countries like Austria and Germany with a big fat zero. From an outsider’s perspective, it just looks like the top three songs were amazing, and the others were just not deserving of the point, but this is simply not true. I don’t want to look at the stats too much in detail (I’ll save that for another day) but there were some interesting occurrences with the voting split this year, which have a few people on edge.
So what do we do now? Eurovision is over right? Wrong.
For some of us, Post-Eurovision Depression has already hit. But don’t fear, there is plenty to do in the so called ‘off season.’
Prepare ourselves for JESC
Just when you thought all the action was over, the Eurovision for mini people (aka, Junior Eurovision) has just begun. Our first participant was just chosen, which means over the next few months, we will start to slowly fill in the Wikipedia table of participants. Before you know it, Junior Eurovision will be here and we will have a fantastic show hosted in Bulgaria.
Look over stats from 2015
This is a popular one for many Eurovision fans. It’s their way of making sense of the events, and it gives them grounds to say that Italy should have been the winners of 2015, not Sweden. It’s funny how many interesting and varied conclusions come from different studies of the results, specifically the split voting. If you’re a Eurovision nerd, this is definitely for you.
Watch it again!
If you’re like me, you’ve re-watched the show, or certain acts over and over *cough cough Belgium* and that’s totally ok. Some of my friends have gone down memory lane and watched previous year’s Eurovision’s, which is a good way to maintain the love for Eurovision while it’s a bit quiet around here.
Keep an eye out for new albums
Many Eurovision artists actually release new albums after their stint at Eurovision. It’s a good way to stay in touch with the Eurovision world, but broaden out to hear new music. If you haven’t already, like the artists on facebook or follow them on twitter – you might find they have giveaways and what not – for example, in 2013, Armenia’s participant The Dorians gave a link to download their album for free! Bargain!
Have a breather, get yourself mentally prepared for national final season, which can technically kick off in September, which is really not that far away. In the meantime, there will be, assumingly, news about the host city, maybe even the hosts, or any other admin type details trickling out over the next few months, but take it as it comes. Things will be slow, but not for long!
There you go, plenty of things to do (or not do, your choice). We will keep bringing you news as it comes (hopefully a little bit more timely). Nevertheless, the Eurovision world doesn’t stop turning now, just because it’s over for 2015!