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!


  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).

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