I’m a self-confessed and unashamed Eurovision tragic. I’ve been watching for over 20 years now and I enjoy it more and more every year.
There’s something about kitschy and over the top music acts that have me at “bonjour.”
Not everyone appreciates the magic of Eurovision. I think you need to have a particular sense of whimsy and a definite appreciation of the ridiculous to really enjoy the spectacle.
For me, it’s not just the cray cray acts that just hold you spellbound and speechless in mirth. Nor the “serious” ballads complete with white costumes, flowing hair and pumped up wind machines. Nor is it the trashy Europop numbers with sparkles, short or barely there skirts and off the wall choreography.
It’s all that and more. It’s the awkward interaction between the hosts. It’s the postcards from the host country that book-end each act. It’s the sheer history of a song contest that has seen the births and deaths of countries ever since the end of WWII. It’s the long winded televoting process that culminates in the naming of the champion country for that year.
It all comes together to make one amazing and unique extravaganza – one that continues to bring smiles to faces around the world, each and every year. And this year already holds the promise of a bearded lady from Austria…can it get any better?
If you are a first timer, make sure you watch Eurovision with friends. Have a party (preferably of the dress-up kind). Watch with your partner or best friend. It’s the communal sharing of the joy of Eurovision that weaves a magic that makes it an annual event for so many.
If you are on your own (and even if you are not!) get onto Twitter and follow the #SBSEurovision hashtag. Share your favourite moments with other Eurovision afficionados on Twitter. I think that’s what I enjoy the most – sharing it all with a community of like-minded people who GET the power and the pull of the world’s most famous song contest.
Check it out 8.30 pm Friday and Saturday night and 7.30 pm Sunday night on SBS – it’s so worth it!
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