Eurovision Song Contest, May 14/15 2016
Dateline Stockholm: in the biggest heist since Brinks or Lufthansa, Dami Im, representing Australia for only the second time in the history of the venerable competition, was pipped for first place by a last minute ‘flurry’ of ‘televotes’ that recall the Illinois fraud of the 1960 US election, or the hanging Floridian chads of 2000.
We confess an indulgent attitude to winner Ukraine’s “F.U.” to Putinland with their song, 1944, apparently a lament for Crimean Tartars deported by that great guy, Josef Stalin, but we must honour Dami, who had the best song and act on the night, as recognised by the Eurovision Jury. Well done Girl! Too bad your song, ‘Sound of Silence’, couldn’t manage to take the cake. Perhaps we should have included Hans Sachs on the team?
Oh well. “Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again…”