Eurovision winners, Finnish heavy metal band LORDI, spoke to the BBC in their first British radio interview since their victory.
"There is a saying in Finland that hell freezes over before Finland wins the Eurovision," singer Mr. Lordi, whose real name is Tomi Putaansuu, told BBC Radio Five Live.
"There were so many people against us before we went to Athens and where are those people now? Well, I hope they moved to Sweden. There were a lot of people who said if LORDI got through to the final, they would move to Sweden. Now we did it and won the whole thing, we will help them pack and wave to them at the border."
Mr. Lordi said the band had "no links whatsoever" with Satanism, despite "Hard Rock Hallelujah" being released as a single in the U.K. on June 6, or 06/06/06, considered to be a Satanic number.
"OK, so it's a good point for some moron to point his finger and say 'hey, they're devil worshippers, they're Satanists.' But if you read the lyrics for 'Hard Rock Hallelujah', it's more like gospel. I said in an interview in Finland, 'We are not Satan worshippers'. The next day the headline screamed 'I am a man of God!' If you think there is heaven and hell, where would you like to spend eternity — being barbecued or sitting on a cloud and listening to some harp music? I think the answer is obvious. Our drummer used to work for a church and actually composed some church music for children, and it is still used in churches in Finland today. He is a religious guy. We have absolutely nothing to do with Satanism or devil worshipping. This is entertainment. This is like horror movies. No real Satanists or devil worshippers watch horror movies. I don't know what they do, but I'm sure they are not listening to Lordi and watching horror movies."
In other news, LORDI have confirmed a series of U.K. dates for the autumn, with tickets priced at just £10. The details are as follows:
Oct. 26 – Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Oct. 27 – Birmingham, UK @ Carling Academy 2
Oct. 29 – Manchester, UK @ University
Oct. 30 – Glasgow, UK @ Garage
Oct. 31 – London, UK @ Forum