Eurovision: a weird and wonderful must-watch

Jack Hope, Online Opinions Editor, discusses Eurovision and why it should be an essential part of your television calendar.

I am writing this article whilst watching Eurovision and I can honestly say, this is the highlight of my week. It is an annual event that is constantly looked down upon  by those who feel it’s beneath them; I’m here to ask how this is possible. What is there not to freaking love!

Image 1:

Where else can you find the amazing combination of insane colours of lighting, crazy fire, sparking waterfalls, the nastiest sounding pop, outfits that light up and the horrendous dancing all together in one event?  It’s the one night of the year that  Europe unites and shows its utter madness! If you think this is an eccentricity that should be killed off – you are wrong; more countries than ever outside of Europe are officially streaming the programme  even Australia competes. That is just the premise of the show.

Eurovision night comes into its own w  one considers the addition of Graham Norton – the legend that is; he completely makes the show. His sarcastic comments and witty quips get me every time. As the evening continues the better it gets;  he attributes it to his wine intake. His pièce-de-résistance, for me, is when the competition turns to the voting. No country is safe, especially the back drop to their interview. For example, when talking about Azerbaijan’s representative he  said “interesting fountain, has a fire- hydrant exploded behind her?” However, my highlight tonight was when he described Germany’s act, “there’s nothing about this girl that doesn’t annoy me.”

Image 2:

The one commonality that ties this whole event together is the sheer randomness of everything. One moment you could be watching dancing cupcakes to the cheesiest pop you’ve ever heard and have it followed by a cheeky bit of thrash metal – this is its beauty. For the brave among you, a drinking game is the way to pass the evening; I’m not sure I’m allowed to recommend this, but I am.

Rules can be found online or made up on the fly. Classics include emotional hand gestures, use of the pointless mini-stage, pointing camera close ups and random use of props that have nothing to do with the song. These are some of my favourites, and they always come up.

So, I’m bringing the article to a close on Croatia’s performance. I can confirm that the singer has some kind of transparent sail on that gets torn off to reveal some kind of Egyptian inspired wing dress with feather b oas  on the end of each arm; if this isn’t enough to persuade you to watch it, I don’t know what is. As one person said next to me, “she is wearing a tent and yodelling”. It’s on iPlayer, I suggest you watch it.

Image 3: