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Finnish Heavy Metal Act Lordi Wins Eurovision

In what is big news in Europe, a heavy metal band whose members have been accused of being devil worshippers has won the Eurovision Song Contest, shattering the competition's traditional image. The band from Finland performed its song dressed like characters from a horror movie.

The Eurovision Song Contest has never seen or heard anything quite like this before. But the Finnish band Lordi stormed through their set, demolishing their opponents and the bland reputation of the contest in one fell swoop: and when the votes of viewers and listeners from around Europe and beyond were finally counted up, Lordi had won an easy victory. Even the band leader himself, Mr Lordi, seemed stunned by what they'd achieved. (BBC)

Mr Lordi: "We feel great, think about it, this is weird, this is strange this is interesting. You know think about it, we're a rock band and we just won the pop song contest. That is weird and also Finland won which is kind of nice."

He also hailed the result as "a victory for open-mindedness."

From the moment Lordi won eight points at the start of the voting, Finns watched incredulously as the band continued to lead the field until it hit an all-time Eurovision high of 292 points – more than 40 ahead of Russia. (Belfast Today)

This was indeed a big victory for Finland, which first entered the contest more than forty years ago, but until now had always come away empty-handed.

Since March, when Lordi won the contest for the Finnish entry, many in the highly self-conscious nation feared that the band would damage the country's reputation. Lordi's piece was heatedly debated and the group's exploits regularly hit tabloid headlines. Band leader Mr Lordi said the group may have changed the face of Eurovision for good. "This is proof that there were rock fans watching Eurovision," he said in Athens.

The show attracted a peak viewing audience of 10.8m viewers, or 50% of the total audience, half-an-hour before the contest finale, according to unofficial overnight figures. The contest averaged 8.2m viewers throughout the duration of the show, which was broadcast between 8pm and 11pm.

Finland will now host the 2007 competition.

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1. martin owens writes:

i thought that the song was brilliant i love it. im not really into that genre of metal but i love the show they put on and i kinda knew they were gonna win which is the weird thing. they also represent all the headbanging metallers out there who get critisized for who they are and who they wanna bee haha f***ers!!!!!

# May 22, 2006 @ 10:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Cant tellya cos im embarrased for getting everyone in trhe pub to watch. writes:

Heavy Metal Won Eurovision. For the first time in a while a real bunch of musicians who do it cos thats what they do and not some choregraphed monkeys boring 16 trillion people, I was down the pub and didn't hear terries comments, oh well. Cmon its Children of Bodom next year and the UK are entering Iron Maiden. Did one of LORDI have an improvised pepsi max bong backstage??? And yes I knew that Lordi would win as well, metal is back in the pop charts, s**t.

# May 22, 2006 @ 10:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

I've been a Lordi fan for a while now and it was so amazing to see a band you love breathe life into something that was always practically dead. Now we just wait as people start commenting, "Oh how can a metal band enter (and win) Eurovision! Urgh! They're sellouts!" But until that time let's just be happy that metal got the recognition it deserved that night.

# May 22, 2006 @ 11:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. skribb writes:

Heavy metal? They're BARELY hard rock. And they stole their outfits from GWAR's wardrobes. And lastly, what a shame on being accused for devil worshipping. In newspapers they have clearly stated that they are christians. f*** em.

# May 22, 2006 @ 12:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathbringer writes:

You must have missed the memo that heavy metal = devil worshippers. :-)

# May 22, 2006 @ 12:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. darkangelrocks writes:

i hate eurovision. it sucks so much and i hate all those britney spears look alike or sugary sweet boybands ugh! but when i saw that lordi was gonna take part i wanted to watch it becuase lordi is great and secondly i wanted to watch what a metal band would do at this pop concert. hahaha, i laughed when people watching the show where i was were saying things such as, 'who are those ugly people...they can't even sing!' ha! i bet the rest of the singers could. anyway it was the only eurovision i'll remember and it's cos of lordi. they were amazing and even my mum who isn't into metal voted for them! And yeah p.s. i was fed up of hearing that they were linked with devil worshipping and even after the contest lordi had to assure the people that they were not satanists. what? do pop people really believe that every metal head worships the devil? i have just two words to say: get informed!

# May 22, 2006 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Clownmusic ? writes:

Eurovision Song Contest ! I have thought that it's kind of " clown music". Not anything in those songs. And that Lordi is there OK . It can't be taken seriosly. Is all metal music "clown music" - a new genre. I'm sorry, but my english is not so good - I am fron Finland (This country is full of men in black - really "innovative" metal monsters).

# May 22, 2006 @ 4:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. MetalMessiah247 writes:

FINLAND!

# May 22, 2006 @ 6:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. SPIRIT OF THE ELDERS writes:

MAYBE DIMMU BORGIR SHOULD ENTER FOR NORWAY, CRADLE OF FILTH FOR THE UK,SERIOUSLY THOUGH IT WAS HILARIOUS TO SEE THE PEOPLE IN THE CROWD ACTUALY THINKING THAT THIS IS BLACK METAL/DEATH METAL.FAIR PLAY TO THEM THOUGH THEY WON I THOUGHT THEY WOULD GET NIL (POINTS)

# May 22, 2006 @ 7:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Broken Face writes:

Not a big fan of lordi but il back any metal band if there in eurovision, THE ERA OF METAL IN NEAR

# May 22, 2006 @ 7:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. moogle writes:

HOLY WOO Lordi is the best, The devil is a loser and he's my B!itch is an amazing song. But winning eurovision... I love them even more now, i thought they were good before this, but now i love em. Get Heavy is another one of their amazing songs. anyways im soo loving this,,, Go metal winning a pop contest

# May 22, 2006 @ 9:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. rambo writes:

it was f`kin ace finland all the way no doubt bout it they were gonna win all the others were #### rock on lordi

# May 23, 2006 @ 8:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Chronicles Of Shit writes:

f*** off, Lordi are shock finnish rock with stolen GWAR costumes...

...that being said, they aint half bad!

....FUKKING SH!T FUKK....

# May 23, 2006 @ 8:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. rambo writes:

chronicles u telling me 2 f*** off ?

# May 23, 2006 @ 9:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. rambo writes:

lordi all the way

# May 23, 2006 @ 9:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. psythe writes:

for once, Eurovision didn't completely suck.

# May 23, 2006 @ 11:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. dravenmaxx writes:

Lordi fukkin' rulez!!

# May 25, 2006 @ 1:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Frankfuat writes:

You good Suck Band?

# May 25, 2006 @ 2:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. dread_red_fred writes:

ye i luiked it so much that i downloadd da song, i hope and expect that the over enterys will perform heavier stuff next year

# May 26, 2006 @ 7:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Teppic writes:

The song is OK, and at last Finland won something.

# May 27, 2006 @ 8:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. the_black_fairy writes:

It's good yea that Finland won...but as a represantive for meta musicl is stupid..eurovision is pure sh** and we don't need to go to sh**s like that,we r underground music.
Metal will become commercial,and the next year will be worse.
I hope dimmu Borgir won't go and embarasse themselfs,on sh**ovision

# May 29, 2006 @ 6:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. darkangelrocks writes:

i don't think that because lordi won the eurovision will render metal commercial. one heavy metal song will not an essentially pop concert to go all metal. however i have no doubt that next year the eurovision will be peppered with crappy imitation wannabe metal with sugary lyrics trying to emulate lordi so that they might win, but on the other hand i don't give a damn about eurovision. it was nice having a metal band perform for once and relieving the boredom it brings, but that's it.

# Jun 1, 2006 @ 12:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Megadeth_Vn writes:

ok they rocks but Eurovision is the worst awards

# Jun 2, 2006 @ 10:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. crazy k writes:

how refreshing a proper song
a group a be it a bunch of monsters
but never the less they played drums
guitars keyboards etc and didn't just sing
to a backing track
i have a lordi feature on my space
http://spaces.msn.com/crazykindauk
best wishes
crazy k

# Jun 4, 2006 @ 4:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. crazy k writes:

lordi rocked

# Jun 4, 2006 @ 4:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Unleashed writes:

Well, in my opinion, Lordi sucks, but... whatever.... I think Lordi is an embaressement for the people who love real metal music. I mean, the wings and the axe that fired sparkles and the high heels.... I mean, don't get me wrong, I think it's great that a "Metal band", if so can be called has won the Eurovision, but I think Lordi has won just because the fact that they are something new in Eurovision...
Let's just pray that more bands of metal enter in Eurovision...
Since I'm from Portugal, maybe we could take Moonspell... and the Uk would take Cradle of Filth, and the Norway Satyricon and so on...

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27. rambo writes:

t`was ####### class

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