Sunday, January 11, 2015
Runner-up: Russia 2006
The slow-motion drum loop alone is pure brilliance and worthy of victory all by itself, but not leaving anything to chance it was decided to build also an impressive visual image around the entry.
So we have ballerinas, millions of rose petals and - to top it off - a ghost emerging from a grand piano. That might sound a tiny bit over the top but somehow they managed not only to make it work but also to look elegant and tasteful.
You can say many things about the average Russian eurovision entry, but elegant and tasteful hasn't always been among their most typical traits.
Any other year this could have been a runaway winner but in Athens a bunch of monsters were standing in the way of victory and Dima Bilan would have to wait another two years before winning with a song far inferior to this one.
A deserved 2nd place?
Absolutely yes. Three minutes of perfection that I never grow tired of.
Dima Bilan - Never Let You Go (Russia 2006)