What a weird and wonderful world the Eurovision Song contest is.
Australia was represented by singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke who soared above the stage suspended on a 5-metre high pole while singing ethereally with a light show depicting the moon revolving majestically underneath her.
Coming a very respectable ninth in the competition, she beat the weirdest performance of the night given by Icelandic punk band Hatari who came in tenth position.
Describing themselves as an “anti-capitalist BDSM techno performance art group,” they caused controversy by holding up scarves saying Palestine after their performance, and have now fallen foul of Eurovision authorities, given that "the Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and this directly contradicts the contest's rules. The banners were quickly removed and the consequences of this action will be discussed by the Reference Group (the contest's executive board) after the contest," LADBible revealed.
The Icelandic ensemble who sang a song entitled, “Hatred Will Prevail,” and other cheery lyrics about desolation and the crumbling of Europe, wore leather BDSM (bondage and discipline, sadism and masochism) outfits featuring harnesses that they wear both on and offstage, while the drummer wore a fierce and spiky face mask.
Interestingly, according to the UK Express, the band demanded that if they were to win they should be allowed to establish “the first ever Hatari sponsored liberal BDSM "colony on the coast of Israel.”
Well they didn’t win, and their reward was the “least desirable seats” (the middle seats of the two back rows near the toilets) on Israel’s national airline, El Al, for their trip home, according to Iceland’s Monitor.
A petition to have Iceland disqualified from Eurovision has now received more than 33,000 signatures.