No chirayliq victory this time - for a change! - but some quite chirayliq contestants nevertheless!
Turkey once again picked up the Turco-Finnish tradition of sending a band that plays real music to the contest:
maNga (nothing to do with Japanese comics, I think) take their musical influences from nu-metal, hip-hop, electronic music and Anatolian tunes. Their song for the ESC, We Could Be the Same, has a slightly poppier sound than usual, and the lyrics are in English, when usually they sing in Turkish. But in any case they are cute.
Russia was represented by Peter Nalitch and his musical collective, with the humorous song Lost And Forgotten. Peter's grandfather Zahid Nalić was a Bosnian opera singer from Tuzla, hence his Balkanic surname. He became famous in 2007 with his Youtube video "Gitar" ...
Harel Skaat represented Israel with Milim ("Words"). He is one of the two cute Harels of Israeli pop music - the other one is Harel Moyal. (Here they perform together.)
Here is a really cute interview with Harel Skaat from before the contest ...
Hmm, how is it that the best songs and the cutest guys usually coincide ...? :o)