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May 21, 2006

Lordi! Lordi! Lordi!

by Feòrag

Greece/Finland: A heavy metal band has demonstrated that the best way to win the Eurovision Song Contest is to upset religious authorities:

Their fearsome appearance and religious references led to some protests in Finland and host country Greece before this year's contest.

Father Mitro Repo, an Orthodox Christian clergyman in Helsinki, described the band's use of the name Lordi"as "sacrilege.

And a group of Greek protesters known as the Hellenes called on the Finnish government to intervene.

We ask the Finnish Commission of the Eurovision Song Contest to cancel the procedure and choose another song, they said. This evil and satanic Finnish band is not welcome in Greece.

But they still won. The last time a performer offended supersitious sentiment, transexual Dana International took the crown for Israel.

The UK gave Lordi the full 12 points, helped by the votes of those attending the Eurovision party at Prattle Towers.

Update (21st May, 15:48): For the benefit of those outside Greater Europe who don't know what we're going on about, here's Lordi's winning performance. And for the record, here's Dana International, plus an article about reaction to her from certain quarters.

How horror rock conquered EuropeBBC News, 20th May 2006.

Posted in Church and State at 02:26. Last modified on September 28 2006 at 23:43.
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1: Posted by: Andy Gilmour | May 21, 2006 3:49 AM

Interestingly, in an interview at:
www.eurovision.tv/english/2469.htm
the main man says he is a god-botherer (albeit clearly one with a horror-movie obsession and a sense of humour...rare indeed!).

Well worth a visit to their site (Lordi.org) for the ir videos...can't stop singing "Satan is a loser, he's my bitch" to myself now..!

:-)

2: Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge | May 30, 2006 12:46 PM

I wrote a piece on the possible implications of the Lordi win. I think its safe to say all the heavy/hard rockers in the UK voted for Lordi just wind up the Eurovisions weenies.

3: Posted by: Feòrag | March 28, 2007 3:10 PM

In the absence of anything sufficiently gay, everyone at my Eurovision get-together voted for Lordi.

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