Can someone explain this massive cheesefest to us Americans?
The Annual Eurovision Song Competition
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/18/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/31/2011|
Awesome article about it in the New Yorker; of course you have to subscribe to read the whole thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/31/2011|
I've always preferred the Europolice Song Contest.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||02/01/2011|
More viewers than the Superbowl.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||02/01/2011|
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).
|by Anonymous||reply 5||02/01/2011|
I've had colonoscopies gayer than that.
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|by Anonymous||reply 7||02/01/2011|
R7's clip is a chamber of horrors.%0D %0D And those were the WINNERS.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||02/01/2011|
God, except for ABBA, that pretty much played like Branson, Mo. would consider a world music festival.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||02/01/2011|
ESC is so gay that they have ESC theme nights at gay bars/clubs. That's all you need to know really.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||02/01/2011|
Last year flash mob was great
|by Anonymous||reply 11||02/01/2011|
nevah evah will Ukraine's 2007 entry be surpassed... it simply is not possible.
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|by Anonymous||reply 13||02/01/2011|
In 2006, Iceland's lead singer went psycho when she was voted off.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||02/01/2011|
[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".
|by Anonymous||reply 15||02/01/2011|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||02/01/2011|
Like American Idol, but with Real Musicians.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||02/01/2011|
Can someone please make an Official Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Thread? I'd appreciate it!
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/12/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/16/2013|
Who is the awful American woman doing the commentary on the semi-finals? Is this payback for Piers Morgan?
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/16/2013|
It's no worse than "America's Got Talent."
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/16/2013|
Did R20 really write that shit?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/16/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/16/2013|
I see we have Eastern Europe weighing in with the homophobia.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/16/2013|
[quote]God, except for ABBA, that pretty much played like Branson, Mo. would consider a world music festival.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/16/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/16/2013|
Our country sent three ugly drag queens to the competition in 2002. They created quite a stir, since we're a rather small and catholic nation.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/16/2013|
R29, What? Atomik Harmonik wasn't available?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/16/2013|
It's on it's on.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/18/2013|
I'm watching...an American in Prague.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/18/2013|
I liked France so far. The other two.. meh
|by Anonymous||reply 33||05/18/2013|
OMG...THE GUY FROM ROMANIA......
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