Watching Eurovision feels like being on another planet

My daughter made the mistake of putting Eurovision 2021 on the TV last night and I was immediately transfixed in the worst of ways. The Icelandic entry popped up (above) and my first words were “What the f*ck is that?”

They were like TC presenters on a children’s show and the song was just crazyily odd.

As the show continued the acts became steadily stranger and the the Italian entry then popped up (below), and they won!

They are supposed to be a heavy metal band, but screaming “Rock n’ Roll lives!!!” doesn’t work when you then start crying because you have won the Eurovision Song Contest.

The majority of the acts took me back 15 to 20 years because they were dated in their music, their fashion and in every other possible way. It was just awful to watch, but bizarrely it was so awful that it became fascinating.

For some reason this show is beloved by the gay community and by many countries in Europe, but it does go to prove why the UK and US have so many worldwide hits and artists and why mainland Europe does not.

One final thought. Many in the UK bemoan the political nature of the scoring because the UK came last with 0 points this year and we have not won for many years now.

You could argue that Brexit has not helped and that may be valid. You could argue that the Baltic states all vote for each other and skew the results. Or you could face up to the fact that our entry was not good at all. The song was bland and the singer was out of tune for the majority of his performance. But hey, let’s blame politics instead.

I will likely watch again next year because when something is this odd it becomes a source of fascination.

In case you are wondering what could possibly be so odd about it, I refer you to the video below-

4 thoughts on “Watching Eurovision feels like being on another planet

  1. “it does go to prove why the UK and US have so many worldwide hits and artists and why mainland Europe does not.” Well let’s thank colonisation that eventually made English the lingua franca of today’s world. That’s why you see so many eurovision contestants perform in English instead of their native language. I applaud anyone who choose to perform in their native languages.

    1. This was discussed in the podcast with Tom Munch and I do kind of agree. Maybe I and many others are ignorant to non-English music. Then again, no excuse for Iceland’s entry😀

      1. Yeah. Many aspects of our current world are shaped by what happened centuries ago. I myself coming from a non-English speaking society may find something intriguing while an average Joe from America may take it for granted. A lot of us are told that English language is a useful skill thus we put effort into learning it. Yet a lot of us know the famous joke: “bilingual” is someone who speaks two languages, “trilingual” is someone who speaks three languages. What do you call someone who can only speak one language? An American. As someone who currently reside in USA I can see where the stereotype came from, and agree, to a certain extent. There is simply little to no need or incentive to actually learn a second language when everyone else is learning yours.
        Do you mind sharing the link to the podcast you mentioned? I am really interested in your insights.

        1. I think that joke could apply to the U.K. as well. We are terrible at learning new languages. At least America has the excuse that they have everything they need in a very big space. The discussions was in one of the podcasts with Tom Munch ( Apologies, my show notes did not cover it, but I think it may be the third one we did.

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