The Eurovision spectacle

In just under two weeks we will have the finals of the annual Eurovision Song Contest – the biggest, most watched, most camp, silliest, most political, most tacky music event in all the world. Billions of people will watch as singers from various European and not-quite-European countries will perform their songs, while many will pay little attention to the music (not unreasonably, given the quality of much of that) and focus instead on the outrageous acts, the political manoeuvring of the juries and voters, the embarrassing performance of the presenters, and the razzmatazz of the celebrations by the winners.

Ireland had a run of success in Eurovision in the 1980s and 1990s, but then political alliances began to affect the voting, and since then you really hard to be part of a voting bloc to stand any serious chance. In any case, Irish (and for that matter, UK) entries have tended to be endearingly off-message, ignoring the move of the whole thing to a more glamour-rock idiom. This year, Ireland’s entry by Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy (with an all-women band), ‘Et Cetera‘, is perhaps a more focussed attempt to catch the spirit of the thing – but it won’t succeed. The UK have entered a song called ‘It’s my time‘,  by Andrew Lloyd Webber and sung by someone called Jade Ewen; this sounds like a song from ‘Cats’, and it doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell.

So we can stop thinking about Eurovision success from these islands, and concentrate instead on what the song contest is really for: making fun of the stage props, the presenters and the entry from Norway. And of course enjoy Terry Wogan’s sardonic commentary on the BBC (sorry, RTE). Though I have heard that Terry may not be presenting this year; but surely that can’t be so! There are some traditions that are simply too important to let them be abandoned.

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4 Comments on “The Eurovision spectacle”

  1. Donal_C Says:

    Well, the tradition lives on because Terry Wogan’s replacement on the BBC is Graham Norton. This maintains the Irish connection, and I’m sure Norton won’t mimic the dry commentating style of Germany’s Peter Urban. RTE is in for some tough competition from the BBC for viewing figures on May 18!

  2. Vincent Says:

    All it is is a bit of fun. I can remember a time when the entry As Gaeilge came with a premium prize, and the move one year to a horse-barn under the Paps. So, I think we have ever had the correct mind about the Eurovision -with or without the input of Wogan- except for last year when we went a bit stupid about the entire thing.
    All in all, it is much like the Irish cricket team. We are delighted when they win but there is no cut if they don’t.

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  4. […] of last year. Anyone from DCU- check his stuff out. Anyone not from DCU but with an interest in the Eurovision, the Premier League, or the running of a university- check his stuff […]

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