The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 took place last night in Germany. Some of you might know what this show is about, but for those who are not from Europe let me introduce you one of the biggest music events in our continent. Before telling you about what happened this year, here's the description of the show by Wikipedia:
"The Eurovision Song Contest (French: Concours Eurovision de la Chanson) is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The Contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most-watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally."
Even though the contest has changed a lot in the last decade, I still like to watch it. There are many controversies regarding the voting processes and the music not being live (except from the vocals). Moreover, many people criticize the fact that the show is not about the songs anymore but about how spectacular the show is. Which I think is a natural evolution of the industry, people need more than a good song, they need a performance that make them go "wow" and vote. I also like it because it's somehow like a sporting event, where you gather with your people in front of the TV to see what your match (in this case your country) does. 25 countries perform in an incredible stage, then each of the participant countries communicates the vote results to the rest of Europe. Each country gives 12 different points (from 1 to 12) and at the end, the country that gets the biggest amount of votes wins, which means the contest will be held in that country for the next edition.
This year, the winner was Azerbaijan. Here's the performance that got them to the first position:
Many people say that this contest is all about politics and voting the neighbors or the countries you like. However, I think in the last years the winners really deserved it. It's about popular music, having a catchy song that gets you from the first time and presenting it in a surprising way. My country, Spain, wasn't so lucky this time. I'm not sure I liked the song for the festival. Moreover it was in Spanish, and we are the only country in Europe that speaks that language. Many countries have decided to perform in English, so that everyone understands the songs. Nevertheless, some other countries and Eurovision fans don't want the countries to sing in a language other than their own. It's a little bit controversial, but I don't think music should care about the language. I wouldn't mind being represented by a performer singing in English, French or Russian. Here's the performance of my country:
As I said, I'm not sure I liked it, but everyone has a different taste and we had to try! I actually supported Estonia. I guess I'm in love with that tiny country since I lived there. However, I think the song was very nice and appropriate for the show. The song is very catchy and I think the stage was fun and entertaining. I don't understand how they were in the 24th position! It's quite a nice show and the singer is lovely. I would have loved to hear her singing in Estonia, but I understand they chose to sing in English. Of course, my vote would have been biased! Have a look at the performance by Getter Jaani:
I hope you enjoyed the clips! Now it's time to go back to the midterms that I still have. Have a great week (starting week 7 tomorrow!) even though the weather is going to be quite sad these days... The weather forecast says it will rain during the whole week in the city! See you soon!