It’s been a busy couple of days, and I’m just now getting to this. I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for what today’s theme might be. I think you’ll enjoy this.
The Eurovision Song Contest is the longest-running annual TV song contest, with mostly member countries of the European Broadcasting Union participating. It started in 1956, as I did, and the one held this past May was the 60th running of it. This year’s contest was held in Vienna, Austria, where last year’s winner, Conchita Wurst, comes from. Entries came from 40 countries (39 from Europe, plus Australia). The rundown on this year’s contest is on the official site, including a full list of participants and the final results. I tried to figure out, if there were two rounds of semifinals and each round selected ten finalists, why there were 27 finalists, and it made my brain hurt. If someone can figure it out, let me know.
This playlist counts down the top 5, in reverse order, kind of like Casey Kasem and “American Top 40.”
- 5th Place: Guy Sebastian (Australia), “Tonight Again”
- 4th Place: Loïc Nottet (Belgium), “Rhythm Inside”
- 3rd Place: Il Volo (Italy), “Grande Amore” (the only song in the Top 5 not in English)
- 2nd Place: Polina Gagarina (Russia), “A Million Voices”
- 1st Place: Måns Zemerlöw (Sweden), “Heroes”
So, there’s your Friday Five for November 13, 2015, which also happens to be my brother Kip’s birthday. Happy birthday, Kippy!