Okay so i've recovered from this shocking win / spending time in the same room as NIKKIETUTORIALS / yesterday and here's my tea.
This result was a shock. It rarely happens that the act *everyone* considers an irrelevant and likely last place winds up the winner. When the jurors and contestants trickled into the press centre the atmosphere was notably jovial - everyone was happy for Gustaph and his win (Chérine was VISIBLY very pleased for instance). The only acts that didn't show up backstage while I was there were Gala and The Starlings.
I think I'm okay with this result though. I heavily favoured (and voted for) Chérine and I'm surprised how quickly I accepted her loss. The jury were always favouring Gala and the audience were always voting for The Starlings - a Chérine win was only in the cards if she finished second in both votes and didn't. In hindsight, she was never winning, and I'm at peace with her loss. She did her best and has nothing to feel bad about. I don't. Neither should the Chérine Squad.
Now as far as THE STARLINGS and GALA are concerned. Rybak was right when he read them for filth "Oceanside" WOULD have won and The Starlings scuttled their game because ME!! MYSELF!! I!!! and that's just not how it works. A forced personal message does not work because it really is the *audience*, not the artist that decides whether a message is relevant or not. Gala and the Starlings put themselves before the competitions and it proved fatal.
Gustaph was not the winner I wanted, but in a sense a correct winner (note that I'm NOT saying "the correct winner"). VRT really needs someone who understands the spirit of the contest, is willing to compromise their personal preferences for the competition, has the ability to perform AND sing, and is willing to give it their all and throw everything but the kitchen sink. Gustaph fits this profile.
It's different if you're in the audience than live, but Gustaph had one of the best receptions and definitely came across well. I'm not a huge fan of the song, but he did what he needed to do and was rewarded with a clutch victory over two obtuse acts unwilling to compromise. Such is life.
As far as Belgium's qualification chances are concerned - I don't fucking know. The loss of your favourite over a seemingly hopeless old gay rubs raw and sore, so it's understandable that people are feeling butthurt. I do think "Because of you" is underrated though. The comparisons to Michaël ben David are a borderline hate crime - Michaël is a nortoriously difficult person to deal with (slight euphemism) on both a professional and personal level.
The strengths of Gustaph, ultimately are the combination of a simple but easy to understand message, a catchy tune and a good voice, but above anything else a complete lack of pretences. This is how he won over enough people in both votes. If you come out of nowhere to win, with 27.5% of the televote (out of 7 contestants) you must have done something right, as much if not more than the others have done something wrong.
Qualification will not be easy because I do ultimately feel the song isn't that good. It's easier to patch up an act than it is to patch up a song. I don't think it'll be a struggle though. It will be a fight, yes, but we have to give it our all. Last night's show was good, and you have to be very good to win it.
There's some potential here. Let's capitalize on it.
lol this should probably be an editorial but i hope you all enjoyed this monsterpost.