What is Eurovision?
Posted on June 25, 2020 at 8:00 am
This week’s new comedy release on Netflix: “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” faces a real challenge: it is near-impossible to be wilder, more improbable, or downright crazier than the real thing. Eurovision is like what we call soccer and the rest of the world calls football, Eurovision is a competition that Americans barely notice but is hugely popular in other countries. The real event is canceled this year due to COVID-19, but they’re already preparing for next year.
Eurovision is an annual international song competition, held every year by the European Broadcasting Union since 1956 with participants representing primarily European countries. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio, then casts votes to determine the winner. The costumes are often, to put it mildly, flamboyant.
The most famous winner went on to become one of the biggest recording artists of the 20th century.
And this Canadian singer won when she competed for Switzerland.
Most of the other winners did not go on to international fame but it is a lot of fun to see the range of countries and styles.