Great Old One
It's that time of the year!!
For those of you who don't know what the Eurovision Song Contest, or the ESC, is, it's a yearly TV show that's been running since 1956 on TV channels who are members of the European Broadcasting Union. Originally only featuring some of ye olde European countries, it is now a massive thing with anywhere between 100 and 600 million viewers worldwide every year. The most notable singers/ bands to come out of the contest is Celine Dion (Switzerland 1988, "Ne partez pas sans moi") and ABBA (Sweden 1972, "Waterloo"). It is also famous for making "Riverdance" famous after Ireland showed the dance in the "counting-the-votes" pause in the 1994 show.
But the point with this show isn't in any way to portray 'good music'. In fact, most entries are actually really, really bad. The show is for the fun - it's for the stilettos, feathers and queers, the folk music, bimbos and skimpy outfits. And for the half an hour long voting that takes place after all the wonderful artists have performed, where each country awards the other countries with points from 1-12. (It is mandatory to make your own list, or to give points to every country as they perform! Especially along with drinks; a lot of drinks.)
The 2013 show is being held in Malmö Sweden after Swedish singer Loreen took the title home in 2012. 39 countries are participating this year. There will be two semi finals: Tuesday the 14th of May and Thursday the 16th, with the grand finale on Saturday the 18th.
We must poast all the contributors this year and mock comment of course, but before that I'll give you 5 videos to show you a little bit of what the ESC is about.
Here are the contestants of 2013!
Host country + Big 5