Monday, March 19, 2007

I Do NOT Understand European Pop

This past Saturday night was the final qualifying round for each country to pick their entry into the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest.

Watching the UK entries, I was a bit flabbergasted at how schlocky most of the tunes were. And then I found the contest's website and started looking at all the other entries.


Now granted, a few of the entries are quite good and have their own individual sound. But the overall majority is just plain old cheesy pop.

Still, if you're looking for a way to kill some time, here's the website and you can view the videos or just listen to the audio. Think of it as a cultural exchange if you will.

My money is on Turkey to win, but I also liked the Georgia and Germany entries as well. And the UK entry? Some group called Scooch.

I just don't get it.

I need to listen to some Neil Young or Bob Dylan to cleanse my pallet.


basest said...

wow...who would have thought that there were so many countries in europe! :-)

...and so much bad music to enjoy. Thanks for the link--i'll probably waste a few hours there. I'm curious how the "elections" for the representative tunes were conducted. And does the winning song go on to attempt to conquer the rest of the world?

D J & E Huber said...

I'm flabbergasted at how schlocky most North American pop music is. Seeing as the Euros learned it from us in the first place, maybe they're just a few decades behind in the evolution of schlock?

Cursed Tea said...

Eurovision is not about MUSIC!! Its about kitch kitch kitch baby!!!

I hope you get to go to a Eurovision party where everyone laughs at the acts and bets on which country will give what vote. The votes are hysterical - they are all political not musical at all. I always find it funny when they try to make eurovision "great" - its just a silly europe-wide gameshow really!!

Best Wishes

abigail said...

I agree with Kirsty. The best thing about the whole event is good old Terry Wogan's damningly sarcastic running commentary. I watch the contest for that alone.

Open a bottle of wine and put your tongue firmly in your cheek and enjoy!

Abigail x

Katie said...

I agree - Terry Wogan is hysterical. The UK entry is really bad this year, though. And I mean REALLY bad. As my co-worker Paul said, "Never trust the British public to choose anything."