Okay, as you read this post, I’m going to need all of you to read it with this song playing in the background:
Because before this whole shebang ends, let’s pause to pour one out for our fallen comrades of Eurovision 2021. And when I say “pour one out, ” I mean a bottle of Mans Zelmerlow MZ CAVA. Mans gotta eat!
Here are the acts who will live in our hearts forever more. You’re gone from Eurovision this week, but never forgotten on ESC Radio:
Let’s send a big ole’ AMEN to Ana Skolic for gracing us with two beautiful songs. Cue the waterworks – or should I say VODA works?
Farewell, dear Montaigne, whose Technicolours weren’t allowed to shine from Rotterdam, although you were bright enough to light the world from Australia.
There you stood, Vasil, owning that stage after a season of abuse, and being out and proud in a country where you still face homophobic abuse.
Your soul is a map, your heart is a compass, and your song is permanently on our bops playlist. Lesley, you not only delivered a solid banger, but you also created a new anthem for the Irish Diaspora experience.
Tick Tock, your time on stage may be up, Albina, but your stunning and slick performance will always be remembered as one of the unjust casualties of the Eurovision gods.
Roxen, I hope that you have a lot of self love after that performance, because you brought some heartfelt emotion to the Eurovision stage underneath all that running around. We see you and appreciate you!
Uku, you ARE the lucky one for finally achieving your dream of Eurovision! We’ll miss your ice blue eyes, your perfect bone structure, and I hope that you can finally relax when having a conversation.
Benny, this hug is from *ALL* of us. You forgot to ask us to vote for you, but I did multiple times!
Vincent, there’s no “I guessing” about it – you did Austria and the worldwide Pinoy community proud!
DAD! DON’T LEAVE US DAD! Rafal, you are the contestant who has grown on me the most this year, and I hope that one day, I can don a pair of sunglasses in the Warsaw Neon Museum in your honour.
Tornike, although I know you are showing absolutely no emotion on your face, I hope you feel how much we appreciate YOU in our hearts.
Samanta Tina, you are the QUEEN of every single night. Eurovision didn’t know how to capture your particular brand of chaos.
And Fyr og Flamme, you restored my faith in Danish music. I can’t wait to see you perform live someday on a sweaty, sweaty dance floor.
All of you have given me some bit of entertainment this year, and I want to thank you for that. You should all be proud for making it to the Olympics of Song.