The amazingly over the top, fabulously audacious Eurovision became a night of celebration of all things camp, weird, wonderful and joyous in my flat tonight. As we gathered round the TV to tune in to Graham Norton’s unparalleled commentary on the competition we were filled with an excessive amount of excitement; the flags of the European countries had been lovingly applied to cupcakes and foods of those great nations bedecked our coffee table.
Eurovision is a very unique thing, whether you are a sceptic or a die-hard fan that can be admitted. There are few international competitions where a poorly written song with vague lyrics, terrible vocals, odd costumes and downright awful dancing can be viewed as a top ranking performance. The performance of “love love peace peace” by this year’s fantastic hosts summarised this extreme oddness that can only be described as one style, Eurovision. One of our hosts, Petra Mede, managed to get through an astonishing 5 costume changes, one live on stage.
Eurovision is one of the few occasions in which all countries set aside their poverty, anger, frustrations and just sing and dance their hearts out. The level of overtly excessive expense pumped into Eurovision provides us with an awe inspiring performance that leaves you wondering “how much did this cost? What else could it have bought? I bet the electricity used to power the lights on this stage for the night could fuel half of Africa for a week.” Well maybe not quite that last one but you get the gist, but then as I say if it gives countries to unify under one banner, no matter how ludicrous, then surely it is a good thing.
This year it seemed that rather than the normal nonsense a political message creeped in. Ukraine sung a song that seemed to directly relate to the Russian conflict however this has not been confirmed as the intention of the song by its writer. I feel though that Europe’s rallying behind the song was something of a sign of political support of their message. So far from the usual voting of the countries that we most favour we did in fact cast a vote on a deeply moral and political ground or so it would seem.
Despite a perhaps more serious note being taken in some of this year’s Eurovision it did not disappoint; Germany especially provided a suitably odd concoction of set, costume and song choice. Graham Norton’s commentary once again did not let us down and kept us in hysterics until the bitter end. To top it all of the UK got a grand total of 62 point 57 up on last year and with a 12, the first since 2011. We may still have come 24th like last year but who is really keeping track, also I feel that somehow the UK doesn’t quite put the same level of effort into Eurovision as many of the other European countries (and for some reason Australia).
In conclusion although the UK typically performed pitifully it was, as always, an exciting and fun night for all and I thoroughly enjoyed my flat Eurovision night with the laughter, criticisms, food and champagne; bring on Eurovision 2017.