Okay, now it’s getting exciting. The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in Copenhagen tomorrow night and the eyes of Europe (as well as here in Australia) will be glued to the B&W Hallerne as 16 countries battle it out in the first semi final for the chance to be one of the ten countries chosen to move through to the Grand Final on Saturday night. On Thursday night, it’s another 15 countries up against each other for the other ten positions available in the Grand Final, where they’ll battle it out again, this time against the might of France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy and the host nation Denmark for ultimate Eurovision glory. This is the penultimate story in our 2014 Countdown To Eurovision series.
POLLAPÖNK : No Prejudice
Eurovision rules state that no single entry can exceed three minutes in length, but the Icelandic entry this year wraps everything up within two minutes and 47 seconds, presumably in the belief that good things come in small packages. Iceland will compete in fifth position in the first of the semi finals, but betting agencies currently have ‘No Prejudice’ as a distant outside chance of making it all the way. Band Pollapönk is reportedly a kids’ act, but will cross over here in the hope of nabbing the votes with a song about ending discrimination for once and for all.
Us Aussies could probably describe Pollapönk as ‘Wiggles With Beards’, with each of the boys donning their own coloured tracksuit in order to fight those evil types who try to spoil the party. Catchy song, but will it be enough to deliver Iceland to the Grand Final? Despite their best intentions, it ain’t looking good so far.