"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


so bad it's good

It's springtime and that can only mean one thing: time for the Eurovision Song Contest! For those of you not familiar with this monstrosity, Eurovision is a kind of precursor to American Idol, with a bit of European unity thrown in. Basically, every country in Europe (which, apparently, includes Israel) picks an act to send to the contest (through an American Idolesque process). Each act sings a song (which must be under 3 minutes) with senseless lyrics (it has to be so such that people speaking different languages can understand) at the all-Europe contest (this year in Helsinki!) and then Europeans text message in their votes. The acts almost always involve horrible, hokey costumes and sets and dances.

It's been going on for decades, and, yes, it's horrible, hapless drivel. It's made up of bad music like this entry from Switzerland, entitled "Vampires are Alive", and whatever the Germans came up with, and Andorra (which actually isn't all that bad, comparatively speaking), and the amazingly crazy act from Malta (above), and well, pretty much everything else you can watch here. But schlocky pop music that no one can really like is fun in its own way, every year. In that spirit, I refer you to Troubled Diva's annual coverage of Eurovision, which I enjoy far more than Eurovision itself. Let the games begin!



Blogger mike said...

...and in the meantime, why not warm up with Chig's "UK50" project, in which you are asked to vote for your favourites of the 50 UK Eurovision entries to date.


Thursday, April 12, 2007 8:19:00 AM

Anonymous Kirstin said...

So I just heard about Eurovision a couple weeks ago on NPR and the woman who was giving the report was so enthusiastic and excited that I had to learn more. You should check out the wikipedia article on it. Apparently, all countries who are part of the European Broadcasting Union are eligible, which is why Israel, North Africa, and other countries not in Europe compete. Also, the wikipedia article mentions some of the politics involved which you might find interesting. (especially involving Israel and other countries' attempts to not broadcast it's entry because to them Israel is not a "country").

I was amazed to find out how immensely popular it is in Europe and surrounding areas and wonder why I hadn't heard of this before!

Also, the competition is where ABBA got it's start!

Such a fun thing. I enjoyed the video, actually! Thanks for posting it.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 10:06:00 AM

Anonymous kir said...

(sorry I wrote "it's entry" when I should have written "its entry". grrr...)

Thursday, April 12, 2007 10:07:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Mike, you are my hero! Thanks for the tip!

Kir, that's hilarious. I've also heard stories from a friend here about how skewed the voting is - people initially only vote for the acts from their own countries, then as the choices narrow, they start voting basically in line with their political alliances.

(Oh, and I forgive your it's/its mistake, because, unlike my students, you know the difference. :)

Thursday, April 12, 2007 10:21:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Mkay, Kir, that wiki is a scream. Thanks!

Thursday, April 12, 2007 4:35:00 PM


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