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  • Frank Albers 3 years ago

    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.