Around January/February time a nagging thought excites me and I realise that in a couple of months one of the greatest, yet tackiest, music competitions will take over my evening.
Eurovision, now in its 56th year, is a night that I meet up with old and new friends, get really drunk, eat large amounts of different European food, get a large flag painted onto my face and have a fantastic time.
…this sadness (I have nicknamed Chesney)…
This year the realization hit me. I always get so excited by Eurovision with the feeling that this year we are going to win, that I forget the countless years and heartbreak of previous attempts. The numbers are tallied up and the UK seems to be top for a split second, but as the past has shown we sink to the bottom of the board and wait for next year to be the leaders of the Song contest.
Even though every year this sadness (I have nicknamed Chesney) comes about I somehow forget the past contests’ political absurdness and leap into the next contest with excitement and hope only for Chesney to rear his ugly head and ruin my night. When I was younger I didn’t mind this, but now as I come into my 24th year on this planet, and with countless defeats on the European stage, I’m starting to take things personally.
…recently the rules to Eurovision have been changed…
Europe’s political problems, Economic bail outs and blaming for past actions are reflecting on the contest. Understandably this has been happening for a while now, but recently the rules to Eurovision have been changed from a complete voting system to a half and half with Judges and audience. This change leads to Alexander Rybak scoring the most points ever at the 2009 contest and with that we thought things could become fairer.
We were wrong.
We have put in our fair amount of Turkeys, but more recently a large amount of talent has donned the stage. Andrew Lloyd Webber decided enough was enough and physically accompanied Jade Ewen to the finals in 2009, but not even the king of musicals could win the hearts of Europe.
…the Eastern block tactically voted an inferior song as the winner…
The final insult was this year’s latest contest. The well-established band Blue represented us and even our friends, Ireland, sent in known party boys Jedward. Both songs were good, serious entries, and yet they were beaten by possibly the most boring song: the Azerbaijani entry Running Scared performed by Eldar and Nigar.
Blue is well established and received in Europe and Jedward’s performance may have been their best to date. Unfortunately as the numbers rolled in Chesney popped into my head and I watched as the Eastern block tactically voted an inferior song as the winner.
So as a tribute to some of the best Eurovision songs who earned the right to win, came close or just were amazing I will later this week be posting my top 10 Eurovision classics that you should listen to before next year’s travesty.