After a hiatus last year, thanks to COVID, the heart-touching, weird and amazing Eurovision Song Contest is back and going out with a bang. Tonight is its final night, and we finally get to see who has been voted as the winner this year.
In previous years, the Eurovision Song Contest has made an international debut. “Waterloo” won by Swedish juggler ABBA in 1974, launching the disco quartet to worldwide stardom. More eccentric winners like the Finnish metal band Lordy also launched to become famous with their hit “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. Even if it is not one song, Eurovision can still launch trends – remember Riverdance?
So as the winners are being announced across the ocean, let’s take a look at this year’s Eurovision song contest as the winners are being selected.
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2020 has been a difficult year for the world – Silence of the century – Just as COVID-19 killed millions and sickened millions. The epidemic caused concerts, sporting events to be canceled and people locked up in their homes. After a strict lockdown on and off, Europe really needed some programming to return to normalcy.
And from the sound of it, the crowd is ready to party at the Eurovision Song Contest. Eurovision audience member Erica Gray told Guardian: “What the Dutch really do is vocal and physical appreciation of the live performance. Loads of clap, hooping and standing ovation. The staging, lighting and production are incredible. The crew are working off their @rses.”
Gray further breaks down how each country performed on its final nights on stage: “Lithuania went down better than I expected. Everyone likes Iceland. France is getting a lot of love. In the San Marino Arena Slightly flattened. Sweden has a good backstory that can bring votes. Also definitely a geopolitical voting trend. Ukraine really wowed the Dutch crowd but I’m not sure about the audience vote .
This year, Iceland seems to be the darling of a Eurovision song contest. Daði og Gagnamagnið is the Nordic country act this year, and their happy electronic beats are contagious. Also, their matching green uniforms, with their pixelated self-portraits, are so bizarre and fabulous, we expect them to be the fashion staples of 2021! Even better – they took out a circular insectoid for some extra fun!
Also in (very, very pale) matching outfits is Lithuania’s performance of “Discotec”. He appeared on stage in the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest wearing his signature bright matching outfit and roller skates.
And yes, who can forget Norway? Tix’s getup for her song “Fallen Angel” is a personality of the Eurovision Song Contest strangeness! Twitter has also come under fire for his ironically significant change.
Of course, there is more serious fare. Barbara Pravi’s haunting beautiful “Voila” is captivating the audience this year, making her look even more attractive. Pravi sings “Voila” in her signature, traditional French Chanson style, and as YouTube commentators are pointing out, the only thing that makes this song more French is the Eiffel Tower!
Pravi is a twenty-eight-year-old singer / songwriter who is no stranger to Eurovision. She wrote “J’Imagine” for the eleven-year-old Valentina at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest last year, which won the grand prize. He has also written songs for world renowned artists Jayden Smith, Yannick Noah and Florent Pagney.
Finally, San Marino took the stage with a special guest from across the ocean. Sehnit is performing “Adrenalina” with American hip-hop star Flo Rida, and the audience went crazy. Guardian Now predicting that electrifying performance may tip the scales in favor of San Marino, though there are some heavy contenders in the race as well.
The Italian alt-rock act Menaskin deserves a mention, especially with his upbeat song “Zitti e Buoni”. Even if they don’t win, Guardian Is predicting that they will be in the top five.
The countdown is here, and soon, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be announced. Who did you want to win? Tell us in the comments!