EDITORIAL – Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite show and one of the most watched in the world along with the opening ceremony of the Olympics and World Cup Finals. But in recent years a lot of people have started to consider it as parade of kitsch, a trashy show that is more similar to a circus act than a family show.

I can’t imagine what would people start to think if nuns and priests appear on stage. Last year we had them in the German national final, this year in the Maltese. It wouldn’t be a surprise if another act like that pops up in another country.

You have to admit that it is a bit hypocritical. A true Eurovision fan remembers acts from the golden era of the contest, but then, those acts were considered as extravaganza, a step into the future.

If a poll was organized, it is most likely that people would answer it all started with Lordi’s win in Athens. Everybody was looking at those “cute” masks, nobody was listening to the song. If we had jurors back then, do you think they would win? I guess not!

Due to certain circumstances Serbia (& Montenegro) didn’t participate that year, but RTS held the right to organize televote. When the future host, Jovana (now) Joksimović turned in, she apologized for not sending our song there and she promised that next year we would give to Europe the best one.

Helsinki, Finland, 12 May of 2007, Serbia won with Marija Šerifović’s Molitva. The promise was held, but the more important thing is that after a long time everybody could agree that a Eurovision again became a SONG contest. But that year was no exception with sinful acts. Remember Denmark, UK and of course Ukraine.

Girls in negligees are a common thing so there is no need to mention any of those acts, but one that is for sure is poking a stick in your eye is Azerbaijan’s debut performance. I don’t know if knew this, but Angel’s wings were suppose to spread in the end of performance. Like all previous things weren’t enough.

Every year we see few sinful acts. Some of them are guilty pleasures, but for some you just have to ask, who da f**k came up with this s**t?!

Another punishment came in 2010, with Spanish circus (literally) performance, and we had to watch it twice. I am sorry if someone can find this insulting, but I know that that same person, a Eurofan wants other people to start considering Eurovision as a music show, not a circus one.

With HD TV becoming a common thing, people want to see more. Is that why Denmark and Austria won in last two years? Because of their acts?

Emmelie used all kinds of pyrotechnics and glittery and Conchita is simply Conchita. How can you not notice a bearded woman. At least she had a good song, while, in my personal opinion, Emmelie’s wouldn’t be noticed at all without all the things she had.

Of course there are a lot more things that should have been mentioned here, but sometimes it’s better when you leave it silent.

With Czech Republic coming back to the contest I believe that it is a good sign and that it’s going to be better in coming years, for both, big Eurovision and Junior editions.

It’s all up to you, Eurofans, from all around Europe, mostly you are the one voting for the songs that will represent you and your country, so CHOOSE WISELY.

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  1. What does the author want to tell us with this confusing text? To vote only for songs and performances he likes? That’s absurd. What is a “song” in his definition? Is a song only a song as long as it only appears without show elements or religious symbols? He gives no answer. If he doesn’t like stage shows, the ESC might be the wrong program for him to watch and he should better turn on the good old radio.
    This text is neither an article nor a commentary or statement as it has no point at all. And where are the authors sources for the conclusions he argues with? Where does he know from what “a lot of people” think about the performances at Eurovision?
    Why was “Hard Rock Hallelujah” no song? Many people like hard rock (ok, we can discuss if this specific hard rock song was a good one or not – but it stays a song which many people voted for, and not only because of the horrific masks). It is just to simple to believe that tv-viewer only vote for show performances and not for songs (in that case Ireland should have won in 2008, but they didn’t even made it to the final because the composition was weak). This argument is proved to be just the annual reflex of people who didn’t get their favourite song as a winner. If one likes only Swedish schlager or balkan pop other music styles as hard rock or blues or jazz or even pop with show elements might be strange but one should accept that this is music too, which many other people like (especially as a Eurovision fan one should be a bit more tolerant).
    Writing about nuns and priests at national preselections as a to ban trend, the author probably meant a song in Germany from 2013 by a group of priests. You have to know that these are educated singer, who are quite popular in Germany because of the songs they sing and not because they have a religious background (or even a show background). When I remember right the Serbian winner of 2007 (which is by the author called a “song” in his non-existing definition) had the title “Prayer” – so what’s the difference?

    Anyway – what I wanted to say is, that this text (article or commentary or what so ever it pretends to be) for me is an outrage, as it just expresses the narrow minded view of the authors own personal music taste and as it is just aimless.
    But as the author joined Eurovision just a view years ago he might be excused to believe there has been a “golden time” before 2003. The “golden times” are now, believe me! But it is still time to learn and see.

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