Eurovision spawns listening parties, yearly rituals and full blown pilgrimages.
As for myself, I freely admit to not being the biggest Eurovision fan but I do try to stay in the loop with what happens, in passing anyway. For this year’s, I randomly picked a track from the Eurovision 2013 Grand Final playlist to listen to. It was Italy’s Marco Mengoni with his entry L’essenziale.
Well, for an Eurovision entry, it was better than I expected. So thanks to Italy’s entry, this year I’ve paid a lot more attention to Eurovision than I have in years.
I realise the following is a rather subjective question but… is it just me or has the standard of entries actually been particularly good this year? Or has it in fact been like this in the years before?
I was actually originally going to include a list of “Thumbs Up” in this post containing any good things I might have to say about particular ESC entries. I stopped myself when I realised I had more Thumbs Up to give than than I possessed fingers. And possibly toes as well. If you’re interested, it’s in its own post.
I ask because it’s been many years since I’ve paid as much attention to Eurovision as I have this year. I paid special attention to 2006’s where Finland’s Lordi won but they’re so not the usual run of the mill Eurovision entry.
It’s not that I have a complete aversion to pop music - I can happily listen to a lot of the radio-friendly rock/pop. I just have a limited appetite for the saccharine and in the past I’ve generally been put off by an excess of bubblegum-pop.
A slight exception is reserved for Dance music- which can be a little “sugary” sometimes - but that’s as far as I go.
Many - it could indeed be most, but I haven’t checked all the artists - of the entries seem to come from winners of their respective countries’ Idols (or other talent competition) reality TV shows. Why?! Of course some of them are actually not bad at all but surely they can cast their nets wider than that.