May 11th, 2020 – TCS # 771
Happy (Belated) Mother’s Day, My Readers! You Know, really felt like This Mother’s Day came Early This Year. I understand that Mother’s Day is always The Second Sunday in May but, Because First Sunday of May, was May 1st, I am thinking that is Why I got a Little Confused! Regardless, Happy Mother’s Day to You, in Case I had not Wished You a Happy Mother’s Day.
Anyway, on to This Week’s Newsletter. So, In My Newsletters in The Past, I have mentioned about wanting to Expat to Europe, My Fascination about Europe, All about Europe. So, I am sure that Most of You are wondering Why exactly. So, This Fascination deals Not with Geography of Europe, (Although Geography of Europe is Fascinating on Own.)
This is Something Different! This Time, It’s about Music! Now, Here’s a Question? On a Dense Continent of Europe that has Languages in Either of Three Languages Roots, Romance, Germanic, and Slavic; Each Country has Music of Their Own in Their Own Language; How do You Unite Continent with Music? With One. Huge. Music. Show! I Present to You, The Eurovision Song Contest!
So, is The Eurovision Song Contest? Well, explain it to Americans, is like The TV Show, American Idol, Only It Involved Countries and had a Child with The Olympics. People in Europe will tell you that is like “The Music Olympics” when The Eurovision Song Contest is hosted in Their City! Then, are The Fans! Some People and Countries are More Fans of The Eurovision Song Contest and Others think that is a Rigged Music Show! I think I am getting ahead of Myself!
In Europe, have a Television Broadcasting Corporation called The European Broadcasting Union, which covers All of Europe and Oddly Australia. Sorry, My Own Bias! Australians are from Europe, Not Part of Europe! Anyway, The European Broadcasting Union or EBU, are The Ones that put on The Eurovision Song Contest!
Basically, had 2 Rounds of Song Contest before The Grand Final.
Now, With Watching Grand Finale of The Eurovision Song Contest, Pretty Much anything goes.
The Wilder, The Better! That is What Eurovision is All About! It is about The Song itself, The Dancing, The Costumes, and The General Attitude of The Nation’s Singer. After All Performances, The Jury of Each Country gives Their 12 Points to The Country of Whom They thought was The Best Singer and/or Performance. And, I know are thinking, No Voting Country’s Jury cannot Vote their Own Country. It is The Part where The Eurovision Song Contest Stops making Sense, so I will try to Explain it in The Best Way I can. Basically, After Professional Jurys of Each Country voted, Now It is Time for The Viewers to Give Their 12 Points to What Country and In This Case, You CAN Vote for Your Own Country! This is The Singer/Country that You thought (Keyword here, Thought) was going to Win, either Does Not or Comes up in Flying Colors! After The Viewers Votes are all Counted, The Country/Singer with The Most Votes Wins! Now, is Where The “Music Olympics” Part, Kicks It. The Country that Wins Eurovision Song Contest, get the Host Next Eurovision Song Contest! Like I said, Some Places like Sweden or The Netherlands, They Love Eurovision! So, would likely Love to Host The “Music Olympics”. However, A Country like Spain, so Much. Okay, Now I am sure that They are Spanish People that LOVE The Eurovision Song Contest, but The Spanish that I talked to, Did Not.
So, Then, I am sure that You have Questions for Me! Like How did I, is The United States, get Interested in This Eurovision Song Contest “Music Olympics”? Well, My Mom’s Friend, Monica liked A Page called Magazine, said to be The Magazine for Swedish-Americans! Or Anyone Who is Interested in Sweden for that Matter! Eurovision Song Contest is a Big Deal in Sweden, then again, The Swedish Band, ABBA were in The Eurovision Song Contest several times in History! Anyway, I found out that in May of 2016, were going to broadcast Eurovision here in The United States, on Cable Channel LOGO-TV. Bonus too, Stockholm (S) Sweden was hosting The Eurovision Song Contest in 2016. I figured that since I have been to Stockholm, I would watch The Eurovision Song Contest to see what It was. One Listen to a Song called “Ghost” from Singer, Jamie-Lee from Germany (D) getting Stuck in My Head and I was Hooked.
In May of 2017, I started looking to see if LOGO-TV was going to Broadcast It and Sure Enough, were.
If I thought I was Hooked in 2016, They got me even more This Time! Singer, Blanche from Belgium (B) sung a Pop Song with a Really Cool Performance of Light! A Sister Group named OG3NE from The Netherlands (NL) sung an Emotional Song about Their Mother with Cancer; A Pop Song with Yodeling from Romania, Song called “Yodel It!”; I thought Yodeling was Only in Switzerland! A Brilliant Singer from Croatia (HR) who could be a Normal Singing Voice AND An Opera Voice! And, Finally, A Song from Italia (I) Italy that, Let’s Just Say, Shows Wild Side of European Music. Spoiler Alert! There’s a Gorilla!
(Here’s The Link, If You want to See It)
In May of 2018’s Eurovision Song Contest held in Lisbon (P) Portugal. A Song from Denmark (DK), sounded Dark at First, but Was an Uplifting Song in The End! A Song about Growing with Your Romantic Person was Romantic. Singer from Lithuania (LT)
An Uplifting Pop Song from the United Kingdom (GB/UK) shows that Storms don’t Last Forever and Not to Give Up! And, Finally, A Song about Love from Ireland (IRL).
After that, Watching Eurovision Song Contest has become a Tradition that I watch Every May. Whether I have to watch using a VPN either on YouTube, Eurovision.tv, or Perhaps a TV Sation out of Iceland? I question that, because that is I am trying it This Year, Commenter on YouTube told me about Once.
So, want to experience it, can watch on:
YouTube (Eurovision Song Contest)
Or, If You Live in Europe, The National Channel of Your Country like SVT (Sweden), BBC (UK), (Spain), or RUV (Iceland), to Name a Few.
The Song Contest will be
This Saturday, May 14th at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern)
Additionally, I am going to Show You of My Favourite Songs that I have heard:
The First Song that Got Me: Germany (D)
Brilliant Voice from Croatia (HR)
“Yodel It!” - Pop Yodelers from Romania (RO)
Reach for Higher Ground (DK)
Storms Don’t Last Forever
All in All, I hope that You enjoyed This Trip with Me to Europe to explore about and Fascinate about The Eurovision Song Contest!
Thanks for Reading Spirit. Music from Around World is Good for The Soul!