Quit wasting time on that American Idol nonsense…it’s time for Eurovision. Eurovision is where 39 nations compete for the title of most vapid pop song on the continent. Still, it does have some things going for it. It’s fun to watch entrants that don’t totally sell out and try to sound like whatever mindless drivel is playing on the top 40 and incorporate a bit of their local style to their songs. The voting is totally killer (watching which country votes for whom – you can’t vote for your own nation). And even at its worst you’ll find something to enjoy.
Sweden, unfortunately, has been in a slump ever since ABBA. Their stuff tends to be so sugary sweet and empty of content that you need to see a dentist afterwords or risk cavities. Finland shook things up a bit when they won (a VERY big deal for the perpetual underdogs) with the heavy metal/horror make up band Lordi. I had hoped that might signal a crack in the door for some rock and roll but that hope appears to have been ill founded.
You can watch the first semi-final here. The next will be on the 27th with the final on the 29th but if you haven’t seen Eurovision before, I recommend you don’t watch too much at one go. You’ve got to work yourself up to this level of poptastick horror.
Oh, the humanity!