Late Night: The Guilty Pleasure of the Eurovision Song Contest

 

I LOVE EUROVISION! There, I’ve I admitted one of my darkest deepest secrets.

For the uninitiated, the Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956 as a live microwave broadcast designed to unite the European Broadcasting Union (then consisting of 23 member stations from as many countries; there are now 74 members). Members are not confined to the European continent: Israel, Morocco, Russia, Estonia, the United States, and Azerbaijan (whose 2008 debut was astounding!) are among the non-European nations who have joined the EBU and competed in Eurovision.

The most famous winner of the Eurovision Song Contest was ABBA in 1974. In 1994 Riverdance made its international debut as an in between songs bit of entertainment. The winning country hosts the following year’s contest and Ireland’s seven wins were parodied in the brilliant series Father Ted, when Father Ted and Father Dougal’s song “My Lovely Horse” is chosen by the Irish Eurovision song committee as a sure loser. A dozen years later in an effort to loose, Ireland entered the children’s favorite, Dustin the Turkey with a disco anthem.

This year there are some rad contenders showcasing in Dusseldorf, if you have a sense of humor. Turkey (video above) and Poland (video below) are fabulous, very Euro

but didn’t make it through to the finals; while Hungary, which is dire, did. And the anthemic “I Love Belarus” got canned as well…. Greece is a contender, and so is Iceland. Both could use the tourist dollars…

 

47 Responses to "Late Night: The Guilty Pleasure of the Eurovision Song Contest"
Suzanne | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:01 pm 1

lisa!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:03 pm 2

SuZanne, I SO LOVE EUROVISION


DrDick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:05 pm 3

Lisa!

Just one minor quibble. Both Russia and Estonia are in Europe, just not the EU.


mzchief | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:10 pm 4

Kewl.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:12 pm 5

WeI ws thnking about the continent and the broadcasting bands, Dr Dick


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:16 pm 6

The Eurovision country group is made up of countries which access/use the European Broadcast Union.


DrDick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:16 pm 7
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 5

Don’t know anything about the broadcasting bands, but both are on the continent.


Suzanne | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:18 pm 8

i’ve been finding some great stuff from europe in the utubes lately.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:22 pm 9
In response to DrDick @ 7

I guess if you take Europe’s borders to be Urals and Caspian Sea, it is, true. I honestly think of Russia as a being unto itself. Thanks for pointing that out.


mattcarmody | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:22 pm 10

I was in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 2006 when Dima Bilan finished second in Eurovision and there was an electricity throughout the city. This is such an exciting competition that many Americans don’t know, or care about.

It’s like being in any nation except the USA when the World Cup is being played. Paris in 2002 was wild when Brazil won against Germany because there were Germans and Brazilians on vacation glued to TVs in cafes throughout the city. Most Americans there couldn’t understand what all the excitement was about. After all, it was only soccer, right?


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:30 pm 11
In response to mattcarmody @ 10

I was in Ireland in 2006 atthe O Festival nd the world cup was on and hundred of people abandoned the bands to watch it in the are where I was. bands didnt want to play their sets in order to watch! It was great fun


DrDick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:32 pm 12
In response to Suzanne @ 8

I kind of like this.


Suzanne | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:33 pm 13
In response to DrDick @ 12

i love ana — she’s a forking great guitarist and way under appreciated.


mzchief | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:35 pm 14
In response to mattcarmody @ 10

I really liked this: the Prep, Go For It!.


DrDick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:35 pm 15

This is pretty cool as well.


Sharkbabe | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:36 pm 16

my fav Eurovision crazy winner ever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKmuFJEfkLM

and let’s not forget Festi di San Remo, mother of EuroV .. Laura Pausini killing everybody and becoming a star

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N-wOuWRME8&feature=related


DrDick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:37 pm 17

Suzanne | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:40 pm 18

i’ve subscribed to the eurovision song contest utube channel — thanks lisa — they have over 800 videos just on their channel :)


DrDick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:42 pm 19

And a little bit of the blue-eyed soul resurgence in England.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:42 pm 20

2008 was my favorite year so far…way out of control. There was a chicken on stage during one act. Azebaijan’s first entry…the only bummer was the Finnish or Norwegina Black Metal group didnt make it very far. Their video was awesome!


DrDick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:46 pm 21

mattcarmody | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:47 pm 22
In response to mzchief @ 14

Flashmob events rule!!


Suzanne | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:48 pm 23

you have some great links dr dick — wowza


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:53 pm 24

FABULOUS


mzchief | Tuesday May 10, 2011 08:57 pm 25
In response to mattcarmody @ 22

I’d far rather have an AmeriVision than an American Idol (drop the judges please!).


mzchief | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:02 pm 26

I liked the musical and visual art presentations of many of those, DrDick.


DrDick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:07 pm 27

Time for me to toddle off. Grading hell continues tomorrow. Take care all.


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:08 pm 28
In response to DrDick @ 27

Goodnight DrDick! We have not met recently!


mzchief | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:08 pm 29
In response to DrDick @ 27

G’nite DrDick.


Suzanne | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:08 pm 30

g’nite dr dick


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:10 pm 31

night dr dick


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:24 pm 32

The Eurovision win could help Greece, but the song bites. Bookies are taking bets. From Popbitch (a gossip email newsletter in UK)

Think you’ve seen a winner? Bet here:
http://bit.ly/fHO643


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:25 pm 33

I think all bets are off.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:33 pm 34

so did anyone watch Becoming Chaz? we have it on now, me for the seocnd time.


Suzanne | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:34 pm 35
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 34

i only have basic cable — what channel is it on?


Petrocelli | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:43 pm 36

Lisa !


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:45 pm 37
In response to Suzanne @ 35

OWN–oprah winfrey’s network.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:45 pm 38

PetroCeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!


Suzanne | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:46 pm 39

crap, i don’t get that one… thanks lisa


onitgoes | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:49 pm 40

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9rJLtz64Hg

I LOVE Eurovision!! It’s such a hoot. My favorite for a while was Verka Serduchka’s Danzing. Verka’s amazing; from Ukraine. Verka came in third in 2007 I think. Love her music.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:53 pm 41

Suzanne, it will prolly show up on hulu soon, and the OWN website has clips and may show the whole thing


Suzanne | Tuesday May 10, 2011 09:57 pm 42
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 41

sweet.. thanks lisa


mzchief | Tuesday May 10, 2011 10:14 pm 43

Niters, folks. :-)

Kothbiro” by Ayub Ogada


golconda2 | Tuesday May 10, 2011 11:20 pm 44

How bout these clean-cut chaps? ;->


Petrocelli | Wednesday May 11, 2011 12:35 am 45
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 38

Sorry to leave so abruptly, I got an urgent and lengthy phone call … {{{ Lisa }}}


rainer1 | Wednesday May 11, 2011 12:37 am 46
In response to DrDick @ 3

Estonia in both in Europe and in the EU.


rainer1 | Wednesday May 11, 2011 12:40 am 47

I meant Estonia IS…


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