If I wasn’t in the States what would I have been doing in the UK?
I got asked this question by a few Americans at the Wine in the Woods event yesterday.
And I replied with the utmost certainty in my voice: ‘Watching the Eurovision Song Contest.’
The Americans were confused. ‘What’s that?” they asked.
Their confusion grew as I proceeded to describe a camp, almost-60 year old ‘song’ competition held between European countries that is more about politics than music, where camp is adored and appreciated and mundane should not exist.
And as I have caught up on the show that happened last night in Denmark, one thought pestered me: I’m not sure some Americans would get this…..
Maybe I’m wrong, and all our American cousins do get it. But it seems to me to be very, very European in its approach and content, very tongue in cheek, very camp, very self-depricating….just not the sort of thing some Americans would feel comfortable with. Sure, some British don’t like it / get it, and I know Americans who love Ru Paul and drag shows and all that jazz, but there is something inherently European about this show.
I can’t imagine it ever translating well into the American market – even if Simon Cowell had a stab at it with all 50 states competing against each other. I imagine it would be a very proper, very serious contest.
Anyway, American chums, here is a taste of what Eurovision is all about….. (you may want to sit down for this).
Romania 🙂 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV3xp5ZXSYA
The Winner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6mnUCP6FMM
Finland (she’s promoting same-sex marriage – watch to the end!): http://www.eurovision.tv/page/multimedia/videos?id=87313
Check this link for more crazy, embarrassing and wonderfully odd moments of the show over the years.
Gawd love it, the Eurovision Song Contest!