Thursday, May 8, 2014

The madness... the Eurovision

Its Eurovision week, this time being held in Copenhagen. I've always been a big fan of the pan-Europe music contest, of course in the UK that seems to signify you are either gay or like cheese (or both). Well neither really but i like to make up my own mind about things and not just rely on tired stereotype criticisms being rolled out for the umpteenth time. I love the nonsense, the irrelevance, the outrageousness of it all. I also like the chance to see some non-Anglosphere pop culture on TV, we don't get much of that though the recent European TV drama wave on BBC has been very refreshing.

Watching Eurovision and following it in the media can be a bit frustrating because of the tired endlessly repeated angles. You know the kind of thing, "its all political", "everyone hates us", "they all vote for their neighbours" et cetera. Now you can easily debunk these but there isn't much point because someone else will just repeat them all again anyway.

Moving on shall we... i've now seen both semi-finals and i'm looking forward to Saturday's final. Much of the attention has been on the bearded lady from Austria though i'm looking forward more to a bit of turbo folk and... well... Italy.

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