Seemingly against all odds, Finnish metal band Lordi took home the top prize at the notoriously rinky-dink Eurovision song contest, held in Athens, Greece, this past weekend. The winning song, “Hard Rock Hallelujah,” beat out entries from Russia, Bosnia, Romania, and Sweden for the prize.
Lordi hail from Rovaniemi, a small city of just under 60,000 in Lapland, Finland’s northernmost province. Each band member — Mr. Lordi, Amen, Ox, Awa, and Kita — dons a unique, elaborate monster outfit anytime they appear in public (although a German tabloid claims to have an unmasked photo of frontman Mr. Lordi).
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Check out the video for “Hard Rock Hallelujah” (via YouTube):
Compact Discs: Sound of the Future
On the Web: Lordi official site