Saturday, April 5, 2014

E is for the Eurovision Song Contest!

It's that time of the year again! (I am recycling this post from two weeks ago, because E.)

I believe that "Eurovision parties" should be a thing in the USA. For one, people would hear non-American pop music for once (Canada doesn't count), and two, the Eurovision is the most hilarious thing on TV every spring. It is kind of a running joke. Essentially, there are two kinds of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest:
1. The country that takes it completely seriously and sends their honestly chosen very best, and
2. The country that says "f*ck it" in their respective language and sends in the crazies. (Take Moldova, for example)
Sometimes it is hard to tell which one is which. Nations with a sense of humor are usually more memorable.
Of course Hungary has been participating in the noble tradition of comparing pop songs with other cultures for a very long time. Let's look at some of our recent contributions:

Kállay-Saunders András: Running (2014)
Obviously Category 1. Careful with domestic abuse triggers. For once, we have a singer who actually sings well in English. The talented young man is from the 2011 run of Megasztár (Hungarian Idol?...)


ByeAlex: Kedvesem (2013)
Hungary's first dramatic encounter with hipsters. People freaked the **** out, in all possible ways.


Compact Disco: Sound of our Hearts (2012)
I have no idea who these people are. But look, Budapest scenery!

Wolf Kati: What about my dreams? (2011)
Our own personal Celine Dion! (At this point I am starting to think we are just trying too hard to be American, and yes I say it as a Hungarian person living in America...)

Rúzsa Magdi: Aprócska blues (2007)
She won the Xth run on Hungarian Idol and is actually a pretty amazing singer.

Apparently the closest we have ever been to winning was 4th place in 1994, with this song:

Watch the Eurovision people, it's endlessly entertaining!

3 comments:

  1. I love Eurovision! And I agree, Eurovision parties should come to America (and Canada ;) )

    Here in Japan there is a similar contest. Kōhaku Uta Gassen is a yearly contest in which all the pop stars in Japan compete on New Years Eve. They are split into two teams: the red team (female artists) and the white team (male artists).

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  2. The trouble is, it might give the USA the impression that this is what pop in Europe is really like.

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