After having seen clips from the Eurovision Song Contest on television comedy and chat shows I made the effort to watch the whole thing this year. And I'm glad I did, as I had a huge amount of fun. The show went for a little over three hours but the time just went so fast. In fact, I watched it twice in less than a week (first time with Australian commentary, then with the BBC's wonderful Terry Wogan).
If you don't know what the Eurovision is, let me explain. Countries from around Europe have a singer or group to represent them. After all of the countries have performed their song, the viewers in Europe get to vote for their favorite (but they can't vote for their own country, to stop bias). Then points are given out (12 points for most votes and 1 for bottom tenth) and the song that gets the most points wins.
But the thing about Eurovision is that a lot of the singers are really awful, and they don't know it! But in 2003 there were quite a lot of good performers. Personal favorites were Russian t.A.T.u., Belgium, Estonian band Ruffus and Turkey (you'll be humming "Everything that I can" for days after!). So it is a win-win situation, a bad song is funny and a good song is, well, good!
Eurovision is very quirky and wonderfully fun. Get a group of friends around and have a Eurovision party. I guarantee you'll have a great time. I love Eurovision!!
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