The Eurovision Song Contest (French: Concours Eurovision de la Chanson) is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition.
A completely kitch, silly, OTT, Euro-trash event; the songs, like Anne said, are in a genre of their own (music has got very little to do with it).
The voting is also quite peculiar… countries vote for their neighbours,e.g you can bet your life that all Scandinavian countries will vote for each other and that Portugal will give the largest number of votes to Spain. Sometimes, they even vote for their past enemies (Croatia and Serbia), which is nice. Sometimes, countries are ‘sent to Coventry’ (i.e. ignored), for some obscure, petty reason…
This competition has seldom produced any memorable hits in Europe(exceptions are ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ and Cliff Richards’ ‘ Congratulations’).
It used to be very tame, now everyone tries to outdo each other in the madness, ostentatious stakes.
The winning song is either the one with the maddest singer / special effects of all, or something with a tune that once heard, will play in your head forever and send you insane.
In fact it is so bad it is funny.
My son, his girlfriend and my daughter ordered take away pizzas and parked themselves in from of the telly, hooting with laughter.
….and the winner was… TA-DA…..
AZERBEIJAN!!!!! they will host the competition next year and spend a lot of money!!
To complete you Eurovision education here are some links:
This year’s Moldovan entryhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF21pTGtKTw
How it used to be many years ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_Iu0wzotvM&feature=related
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