Welcome to another week of ’52 Weeks of Eurovision’. If you missed last week’s article on Katrina and the Waves you can find it here.
This week we take a short trip …(wait has it been 5 years already?) back to 2012 when the Contest was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan hosted the contest for the 1st time this year after Ell and Nikki won in 2011 with ‘Running Scared’, and to say there were political concerns was an understatement.
As well as concerns over human rights in Azerbaijan, there were also local protests because Baku was to host a ‘gay parade’ which was considered an anti-muslim celebration in a fundamentally muslim country. Ironically the contest was won my Loreen representing Sweden with the song Euphoria, which went on to be one of the campest and most popular floor-fillers on the gay scene that year!
Loreen, born Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui (not a mouthful at all),won the contest earning 372 points overall with Russia in second place with 259 points. Loreen shot to fame in 2004 when she took part in “Swedish Idol’ the Scandinavian version of “Pop Idol/American Idol’, of which she was eliminated in week 8 by murdering Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
The song ‘Euphoria’ hit the UK Charts at number 3, the highest UK chart entry for a ‘Non -UK’ Eurovision song since Johnny Logan’s ‘Hold me now’ in 1987. Still in her Zombie costume from being booted out of Swedish Idol (only joking), here is Europhia…smashing the 2012 Grand Prix Eurovision de le Chanson.