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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 June 2006, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Lordi revel in Eurovision glory
Member of rock band Lordi
'Mr Lordi' railed against mask-less pictures of the band
Eurovision winners, Finnish heavy metal band Lordi, speak 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."

'Devil worship'

Mr Lordi said the band had "no links whatsoever" with Satanism, despite Hard Rock Hallelujah being released as a single in the UK on 6 June or 06/06/06, considered to be a Satanic number.

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?

"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."

Monster-mad

Mr Lordi described himself as "a huge monster freak", naming Freddie Kruger, the Incredible Hulk and Monster from the Muppet Show as his favourites.

He hit out at sections of the media in Finland who published pictures of the band without their masks.

We are not criminals, there is no reason to expose our faces, it doesn't serve any purpose

"There are morons who don't want to play along. We are not criminals, there is no reason to expose our faces, it doesn't serve any purpose.

"But we calculated that if you count all the pictures of us without make-up, there are 17 different people playing in Lordi right now! There are our roadies, our technicians, people from the club in Athens where the after-show party took place and even people we have never met.

"[Our masks] are such a huge part of our mystique and our image, it is infuriating when people try to ruin 14 years of our work without reason.

"It makes us sad, it makes us feel bad, but what can you do? The only thing we can do is to give absolutely no co-operation with such media."


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