Why I love the Eurovision song contest

People who decry the Eurovision song contest seem to do so for 2 main reasons:
a) they think it’s an exhibition of the most mediocre in popular music, and
b) it’s too mainstream for their taste.

This is exactly why I love it, in all its kitschy, campy, pretentious, ostentatious, colourful and glittering glory. Generally, the contest is a matter of choosing the best of a bunch of bad songs, although the contest has also produced such classics as “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” (Volare) and ABBA’s “Waterloo”.

To enjoy it, you don’t really need to like the music, but only to have a keen enjoyment of camp and kitsch. What’s not to love about a competition that is a beauty contest, drag fashion show and song contest rolled into one?

Tune in my head last night

As I sat and watched the first of the two semi-finals for the Eurovision song contest, a song from last year popped into my mind and played there for the rest of the evening. It wasn’t even the 2007 winning song, but the Belarus entry “Work your magic” which I hadn’t heard or thought of since the 2007 contest was broadcast. I suppose it says something about the quality of the night’s songs.