Non-satanic Finnish band wins Eurovision contest
Me, a Satanist? No way, I just think horns
and pentagrams are way cool
Finnish monsters rock Eurovision
A Finnish "horror rock" group who dress in monster costumes have pulled off a surprise win at the 51st Eurovision Song Contest in Athens.
European viewers voted for Lordi's song Hard Rock Hallelujah in a show that is normally associated with catchy pop and big ballads.
Russia was second with Dima Bilan's Never Let You Go.
But UK rapper Daz Sampson could only manage to come 19th out of 24 countries with his song Teenage Life.
Lordi's masks, armour and jets of flame attracted widespread attention before the contest - but many thought they were too outlandish to win.
1. Finland - 292 points
2. Russia - 248
3. Bosnia and Herzegovina - 229
4. Romania - 172
5. Sweden - 170
6. Lithuania - 162
"We are a rock band and we just won Eurovision - that's weird," their lead singer, also called Lordi said.
"This was a victory for rock music and also a victory for open-mindedness," he said.
The result would open the doors for a wider range of musical styles at Eurovision in the future, he predicted.
"This is proof that from now on there will be more rock bands who will have the courage to join in," he said.
"This is proof that there are rock fans who watch Eurovision."
The band had been accused by some conservative Greek organisations of promoting Satanism but said they had no connection with the occult.
"We have nothing to do with satan worhipping or anthing like that - this is entertainment," Lordi said.
When I heard this on the BBC, I just couldn't stop laughing, Eurovision with a satanist band? Come on, that's like American Idol with openly gay contestants.
posted by Steve @ 7:40:00 PM