The European competition is already nearing its grand conclusion, in which the ten most successful countries have succeeded. Represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision by Benny Cristo with “Omaga”. He finished the competition after the semi-finals on Thursday.
The Netherlands took possession of 2021, which it won two years ago thanks to singer Duncan Lawrence, thus assuming the organized leadership. Competition that according to The organizers It was observed in previous years by up to 180 million people from more than 40 European countries, after a halt last year due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease.
Although the epidemiological situation is more favorable this spring, it still affects the organization of the competition. For example, the number of spectators at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam is limited – a single show can attend a maximum of 3,500 people, which is about 20 percent of the center’s capacity.
For example, the Icelandic group Daði og Gagnamagnið, according to some, one of the favorites in the competition, cannot perform live due to a positive test for covid-19 for one of its members.
Weirdness and diversity
The music competition, open to member states of the European Broadcasting Union, is enjoying unprecedented popularity across the old continent. “My research has shown that one of the reasons Eurovision is so popular in Europe and why people love it is its diversity. One event consisting of many different artists and musical styles – which is rare in global popular culture. Plus, it’s just a big fun show, which is cool.” As stated by media theorist Abby Weisdorf of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Diversity is really one of the main features of the competition. This was also proven by the victory of Finnish metal band Lordi in 2006. The winning song then became Hard Rock Hallelujah, which the band also supplemented with iconic masks semi-horror. In 2014, Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won, privately, Tom Newworth, who with her long hair and beard, the song Rise Like a Phoenix. In the previous year, Icelandic multi-genre band Hatari, who performed in BDSM shows, attracted attention.
According to Waysdorf, Eurovision makes room for exoticism and diversity, one of its features: “The competition is a place where practically anything can happen – the viewer can witness something they do not see anywhere else. He will also see shows that – regardless of their origin – will bring them. A new experience. At the same time, it is an event that takes place for a very long time, in many cases throughout the life of that symptom. So it is an interesting mixture of something known and something completely new. This, in my opinion, is the meaning of the whole event – diversity. ”
Whether the competing musicians at Eurovision reflect the true state of pop music in their home country or not. It can only be answered with a certain degree of subjectivity. However, according to Waysdorf, the point is that the songs in the competition reflect the state of competition in the countries that compete with pop music. “Whether this is a true reflection of the local music scene is another question. Countries are sending songs to the contest saying, ‘Sure, this is folk music, this is what it sounds like,” he said.
“Some songs have a patriotic voice”
The songs sung in English are being heard more and more often on ESC. It also happens that musicians all over Europe share the same songwriters. Despite the fact that competition, like the rest of the world, is globalizing, national elements still make it very diverse.
“Part of the competition is somewhat more global, at least it goes more to the world – it’s just the world we live in. However, some of the shows are very patriotic. One of the semifinal winners, which has been talked about a lot, Ukraine. And in my opinion. The song has a very Ukrainian voice, moreover, it is sung in its mother tongue, it’s a particular style of singing. “And people love it!”
Her thesis that diversity is precisely what attracts viewers at Eurovision is confirmed by the widely “burned” comment made by Ukrainian competitor Go_A from Rotterdam on YouTube. “The best thing about Eurovision is that you can expect crazy things like this from them. Then love them!”
The globalization of the competition also indirectly affected the quality of some of the pieces on display. “You will find really good songs out there, and in some cases it’s a unique contribution to pop music. For the competition fans I talked to, that’s one of the things they like about the competition. That interesting music. Is it also an influential show that reveals the future of music? Hard to say?” A few years late for that. “
Distinguished contest winners
Undoubtedly, the most successful winner of the competition is the Swedish quartet ABBA, which starred in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. Among the famous winners is the singer Celine Dion, who represented Switzerland and won in 1988. Top of the music rankings in most European countries – the Czech Republic ranked the second.
During its 65-year existence, the competition has changed and expanded particularly well. From the Chamber Music Competition, in which two Western European nations competed with their songs, this was a brutal event with three or forty competing countries. “Eurovision is more diverse now. In contrast to the 1960s, for example, despite some marketing and globalization, it is more interesting in terms of the diversity of individual offerings,” said Weisdorf.
The Dutch began to entertain the competition with success
The news list also spoke to Riens Vooravond, who is also working as a music director for a program that airs on Dutch public service media. He is also now collaborating on an accompanying podcast focusing on Eurovision. According to him, the event’s popularity also lies in the fact that it is simply the largest all-European competition – in addition to football.
“It’s clear from the viewer numbers that this is a huge event. And that’s interesting, because I think it’s exactly the kind of show that we enjoy hate. Not all contestants are very good, and not all songs are performed in a magical way. But it’s fun to watch. And of course, people love to compete, so that is. It doesn’t really matter what song the country goes to at Eurovision, its residents will support it anyway, ”said Forafond.
Competition is also a huge success on social networks. “People follow it together and comment on it, for example on Twitter. So, even a bad show, a bad performance brings a lot of fun, and then the audience jokes about them on the networks and discusses them,” the Dutch commented.
According to him, the enthusiasm shown by the Dutch towards Eurovision did not fully develop until the last few years. About ten years ago, it seemed that the Netherlands was no longer participating in the competition.
“We sent a lot of music waste out there and people hated it – no one looked at it. Around 2013, Eurovision was halted in Holland by the national tour, while larger music stars were approached to write a song. In the end Anouk acted us and ended up in “Ninth place, the highest percentage the Netherlands has had in a long time. Then something changed, and people started to take interest in the competition.”
Two years ago, Dutchman Duncan Lawrence won a Eurovision with the song Arcade. Attending the last tour in the country was huge compared to previous years – nearly seven million people watched. “The moment we had the chance to win, the competition in the Netherlands grew incredibly popular,” summed up the success of the competition in the Netherlands Vooravond.