The gayest three minutes in human history. \
Ironically, this was the performance that marked the end from the United Kingdom''s several years'' long winning streak up until then, and yet for many people this was much more memorable than the years when the UK actually won (and you''ll immediately understand why).
[quote]Can someone explain this massive cheesefest to us Americans?\
No. No we can''t. You either get it or you don''t and a dry explanation or the wikipedia entry just won''t suffice. Hit up youtube and search for "Eurovision".
If you''re not into it it''s very hard to explain the appeal. I don''t know anyone who would admit to taking Eurovision seriously but that doesn''t stop the fact that every year, without fail, my friends and I will end up at a big party somewhere, scorecards in hand. The acts are the main draw but the scoring is just as fun and can take as long. There''s a complicated scoring system and everyone always gets up in arms that countries will vote in blocs; Eastern Europeans for other Eastern European countries, Ireland for the the UK, the UK for Ireland, etc. It''s a ritual and we''ll talk about past years, rate the outfits, do shots for an impressive key change, that kind of thing. It''s not just a gay thing either. I normally hang out with lots of straight friends, though most of them are from mainland Europe. I don''t know many straight British men who watch it. I wish I''d got my act together and bought tickets for Berlin this year but the final has already sold out.
Like American Idol, but with Real Musicians.
R17 = AYB.\
Go away you miserable, unwelcome, unemployed, hairless troll.
Can someone please make an Official Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Thread? I'd appreciate it!
Are you watching? Finland included a lesbian kiss. I still don't think it should be included. It's a family show and the focus should be on the music.
Who is the awful American woman doing the commentary on the semi-finals? Is this payback for Piers Morgan?
It's no worse than "America's Got Talent."
Did R20 really write that shit?
That's Ana Matronic from Scissor Sisters, R21, and she's done a great job. She's no Terry Wogan, but she's better than her sidekick Scott Mills. Graham Norton does the final on Saturday.
One of the problems with ESC is that the bad is no longer truly awful. You get boring, interesting, or freakshow. But it's all intentional now. How can you drink to this?
Yes, I did, R23, and I still stand by it. I didn't like it when Adam Lambert made out whit that guy at American Music Awards either. It's a family show, and making out is not necessary in those kind of shows.
I see we have Eastern Europe weighing in with the homophobia.
[quote]God, except for ABBA, that pretty much played like Branson, Mo. would consider a world music festival.
And r26 with the racism. (Not to mention, r20 sounds more like an American).
Hey, r25, lesbians have families too. Would you object if a staight couple makes out on a family show?
Turkey cancelled Eurovision because of the lesbian kiss, presumably r20 agrees with that. Although, I seem to remember the video for Sertab's "Everyway that I can", which won for Turkey in 2003, was dripping in hot lesbian overtones.
t.A.T.u. wanted to snog when they represented Russia a few years ago, but the idiots at European Broadcasting Union wouldn't let them. But, that would have been mainly for reasons of titillation, with the Finnish kiss it's speaking up for gay marriage. But, it would have been interesting to see how the homophobic shitbags in Russia would have appreciated being represented by a lesbian kiss.
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