January 31st. The Union Jack flag is removed from the European Parliament in Brussels. Disappointed Remainers wave goodbye to the European Union, while Brexiteers cheerfully chant words of freedom, sovereignty and independence. I find this political carol somewhat paradoxical, coming from the country that has ruled and administered over 60 territories throughout the course of history. Anyhow, enjoy your newfound freedom – and see you soon, Scotland.
Most Americans have never heard of Eurovision, and those who have, think of it as some sort of gay Super Bowl. I understand why this event might be puzzling for the American folks, but WE love it – of course we do, it has the word “euro” in it.
My American sweetie pie witnessed his first Eurovision Song Contest back in 2016. He was skeptical at first, but halfway through the show he gave in. Pretty much like most things in Europe, the event just sucks you in. And it’s easy to see why it is such a blast:
~ The sense of togetherness
Historically speaking, Europeans haven’t always been nice to each other. However, at least once a year we put aside our differences and celebrate our kinship through music, our common language.
~ The vibrant mixture of cultures, languages and traditions
Despite the fact that Eurovision performances have become more and more mainstream and most artists choose English for their lyrics, deep down each song displays the identity of its country. Like attending a party, everyone brings a different flavor to the table, and the result is a very colorful portrait of one big European family.
~ The historical value
The first Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Switzerland in 1956, which makes the show an event with a long-standing tradition. It’s genuinely interesting to watch former editions and see how music and values have evolved over the decades.
~ The authenticity
Whether you are a conventional, professional musician or use a watering can as a trumpet; whether you pull off a traditional opera show or a seizure-inducing pyrotechnic spectacle, no one is going to judge your craziness. Sing, dance, bounce around, just get on stage and have fun doing whatever it is that makes you happy. Zero fucks given, just be yourself!
Not convinced yet? Try it yourself! Happy Eurovision! : )
Whether it’s bottom-up or top-down, countries do seem to follow a certain logic… or do they really?
Gibraltar: the European Vegas, the Sunny Britain, the Andalusian tax haven… : ]