I had never heard of Eurovision until my friend Katie sent an email trying to get people together for a watching party. Eurovision is a song contest that is participated in by the countries that are members of the European Broadcasting Union. This year it was in Moscow (the country that wins the previous year hosts the contest). It is kind of like American Idol in that it is a singing competition in which the results are based on phone in votes. The trick is that you cannot vote for the country you are in. Each country tallies the votes from their people and then assigns points. Now that there are so many countries they have a semi-finals round as well to narrow it down to the 24 finalists.
A bunch of us went to Katie and Nathan’s for our very own Eurovision watching party! Apparently it is the most watched yearly world-wide event following the superbowl. The production value is incredibly high and some of the songs are humorously dreadful!! The heckling that we did at the television was almost as entertaining as the performances!
Here was the runnaway winner from Norway (our group picked him as the winner before the votes were up as well!)
This was second place from Iceland:
Third Place from Azerbaijan:
Eurovision has a really interesting history and was one of the more entertaining things that I have ever seen on television. Apparently the voting is very political. Ivan, our resident European, was quite adept at guessing who each country would give their big points to based on a mix of geography and cultural and political preferences. The whole thing was fascinating to watch and we will definitley try and watch the semi finals and finals next year!