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The Annual Eurovision Song Competition

Can someone explain this massive cheesefest to us Americans?

by Anonymousreply 3405/18/2013

guess not

by Anonymousreply 101/31/2011

Awesome article about it in the New Yorker; of course you have to subscribe to read the whole thing.

by Anonymousreply 201/31/2011

I've always preferred the Europolice Song Contest.

by Anonymousreply 302/01/2011

More viewers than the Superbowl.

by Anonymousreply 402/01/2011

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 Anonymousreply 502/01/2011

I've had colonoscopies gayer than that.

by Anonymousreply 602/01/2011

Oh my

by Anonymousreply 702/01/2011

R7's clip is a chamber of horrors.%0D %0D And those were the WINNERS.

by Anonymousreply 802/01/2011

God, except for ABBA, that pretty much played like Branson, Mo. would consider a world music festival.

by Anonymousreply 902/01/2011

ESC is so gay that they have ESC theme nights at gay bars/clubs. That's all you need to know really.

by Anonymousreply 1002/01/2011

Last year flash mob was great

by Anonymousreply 1102/01/2011

nevah evah will Ukraine's 2007 entry be surpassed... it simply is not possible.

by Anonymousreply 1202/01/2011

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by Anonymousreply 1302/01/2011

In 2006, Iceland's lead singer went psycho when she was voted off.

by Anonymousreply 1402/01/2011

[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 Anonymousreply 1502/01/2011

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 Anonymousreply 1602/01/2011

Like American Idol, but with Real Musicians.

by Anonymousreply 1702/01/2011

Can someone please make an Official Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Thread? I'd appreciate it!

by Anonymousreply 1905/12/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2005/16/2013

Who is the awful American woman doing the commentary on the semi-finals? Is this payback for Piers Morgan?

by Anonymousreply 2105/16/2013

It's no worse than "America's Got Talent."

by Anonymousreply 2205/16/2013

Did R20 really write that shit?

by Anonymousreply 2305/16/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2405/16/2013

I see we have Eastern Europe weighing in with the homophobia.

by Anonymousreply 2605/16/2013

[quote]God, except for ABBA, that pretty much played like Branson, Mo. would consider a world music festival.

Excuse me???

by Anonymousreply 2705/16/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2805/16/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2905/16/2013

R29, What? Atomik Harmonik wasn't available?

by Anonymousreply 3005/16/2013

It's on it's on.

by Anonymousreply 3105/18/2013

I'm watching...an American in Prague.

by Anonymousreply 3205/18/2013

I liked France so far. The other two.. meh

by Anonymousreply 3305/18/2013

OMG...THE GUY FROM ROMANIA......

by Anonymousreply 3405/18/2013
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