Hungary – Viszlat Nyar

I’m standing here getting ready to board a plane so I need to make this quick: AWS is so much more than Amazon Web Services. This band has brought screamo to Eurovision, and I am thrilled to see two of my favorite genres mashed up like this. It’s like Reese’s Pieces for my ears.

AWS also has the more compelling dead dad song of the contest; unlike Michael Schulte, who blames his dead dad, AWS pour their grief into a realistic dialogue of a father who’s ready to die and a son who’s not ready to let him go. But there’s also catharsis here, rather than just raw grief. It’s as if AWS has taken the advice of the deceased and decided to go live life to the fullest.

Of course, none of this will come through in what is my favorite performance of the contest. There is running around. There is stage diving. There is headbanging. And there are literal pyrotechnics – not the shower of sparkles the other acts get, but big booming cracks that come from the ceiling and make the audience duck. If this or Netta win, I will be very happy.

TWITTER JOKES YOU SHOULDN’T BOTHER MAKING BECAUSE THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN DONE BETTER BY THE EUROFANDOM: Anything involving Lordi. Look, yes, a metal band won Eurovision, but that was 12 years ago already. I don’t see you making Dima Bilan jokes, okay?

SHOULD YOU TAKE A PEE BREAK DURING HIS PERFORMANCE: No, but be prepared to pee your pants in excitement.

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