NOT JUST ANOTHER "BEST SONG"

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The Eurovision Song Contest is not just another “Best Song” competition. Is a sociological phenomenon that combines many art forms to boost a song which, lets face it, varies from originality to “same all – same all”.

It is amazing to see the many ways that countries use in order to impress juries and audience. From dance routines to special effects, and all in an effort to promote a song and transpose musicality to an event.

Over the years many of these “experiments” actually worked.  I can remember from the top of my head a few like U.K’s “Makin’ your mind up” by Bucks Fizz, and the removal of some of the girls clothing thus turning a young and fresh performance into a spicy one.

 
Bucks Fizz in 1981 performing “Makin’ your mind up”

Also Finland’s “Hard Rock Hallelujah” by heavy metal group Lordi with all that make up and costume from hell and of course the wings on the lead singer. Or Sweden’s "Fångad av en stormvind" performed by Carola and the blowers.

And of course we have to mention Israel’s Dana International (even the name has to be bold), last year’s Conchita Wurst from Austria featuring man turned into a woman. Even though is their right to do so, the marketing surrounding this worked to their benefit.

We had robots, acrobats, ice skaters, clowns, grandmothers, barefoot singers and so on. The list is very long to mention but what is important to acknowledge is the fine line separating good and trash. But then again, is all about family entertainment and fun.


Buranovskiye Babushki with "Party for Everybody"

All these and more different approaches to the representation of one’s country goes to show that Eurovision is not just about the music, but also about the whole production of a spectacle to impress audiences to vote and for Eurovision itself to go on with this historic contest.

By: Alexis Sofocleous