LORDI Frontman On EUROVISION Win: 'This Is A Victory For Rock Music And Open-Mindedness'

A high-quality video of LORDI's winning performance at the Eurovision Song Contest final on Saturday (May 20) in Athens, Greece can be downloaded at this location (75 MB).

At the end of LORDI's performance, right before the file is cut, you can hear one of the hosts (this is taken from French television) saying, "Finland has been participating in the Eurovision contest for the past 44 years and has never won. They're certainly not gonna win with this."

More videos of LORDI's performance at the Eurovision final are available at this location.

The Associated Press is reporting that LORDI scandalized some of their Finnish compatriots when their song "Hard Rock Hallelujah" was chosen to represent the nation. At a press conference, the band's frontman said his plan for the final was to "scream louder and turn the amps up."

"This is a victory for rock music ... and also a victory for open-mindedness," the band's lead singer, Mr. Lordi, said after the win, Finland's first. "We are not Satanists. We are not devil worshipers. This is entertainment."

Combining crunchy guitars, a catchy chorus and mock-demonic imagery, LORDI are reminiscent of U.S. '70s stars KISS, an acknowledged inspiration of Mr. Lordi.

Band members never appear without their elaborate masks and makeup, and do not reveal their true names.

LORDI's latest CD, "The Arockalypse", entered the official Finnish chart at position No. 5 in early March and climbed up to position No. 4 in its second week of release. The album features guest appearances by TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider and guitarist Jay Jay French, as well as former ACCEPT vocalist Udo Dirkschneider and ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.

Saturday's showdown was broadcast live in 38 countries to a TV audience estimated at 100 million. About 13,000 fans packed the indoor arena used during the 2004 Olympic Games, from Goth supporters of LORDI to cowboy-hatted Germans supporting TEXAS LIGHTNING. About 3,000 police officers were on duty for the event.

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