For those who don't know, Eurovision is a song contest which sees representatives from Europe countries competing to win. To be honest, it's not just reserved to Europeans since countries like Australia and Israel participate as well. Don't ask me what they're doing there because I wouldn't know, let's not focus on that, shall we? On the 18th, 20th and 22nd of May Eurovision was held in Rotterdam. Why here? Because what happens when someone wins the contest is that his/her home country gets to host the Eurovision the following year.
It might seem obvious to you but I discovered how this thing works just a few days ago so pardon me if I do a brief recap for the dummies like me. The first two days selections are held: singers receive scores and those with the lowest ones don't get to participate to the final. However, there are some countries like Italy or France which pay higher taxes and skip this steps, accessing directly to the final. In the final countries receive half points from the jury and the other half from the popular vote. The singer with the highest score wins. Ok, now that we got this, let's spill the tea on Eurovision 2021.
I feel like people can be divided in two categories: the ones who likes Portugal, France and Switzerland and those who voted for Finland, Italy, Ukraine or Iceland. In a few words, the basics and the weirdos. Switzerland this year, with Gjon's Tears's song "Tout l'Universe" had the perfect Eurovision song: passionate, slow and full of pathos. Too bad it arrived third. Same thing happened for France with the song Voilà arrived second. As you probably know, there is a certain rivalry between France and Italy and I have to admit that it felt good to see it arrive second.
Let me introduce me to the real discoveries of this year. Not only Italy won after 31 years, not only did Maneskin won with a song in Italian, but they won with a rock song. Finally someone is winning without fitting in. Italy had a twin band: Finland. The band Blind Channel surely brought immaculate rock 'n roll vibes on the stage: fire, long hair and makeup ran the world. I loved to see how these two bands and countries supported each other. The Finnish even learned the Italian song "Zitti e Buoni" by heart.
The other two discoveries were Ukraine and Iceland. I'm not even surprised by this last one. Every time they participate they bring weird things and that's why I liked them. This year the band (sorry if I don't write the name but I don't have the characters on my computer to spell it correctly) decided to perform wearing a jumper with the band members' faces accurately sawed over. And last Ukraine. Let me fangirl a bit over my new favourite song Shum by Go_A. They put together electronic music, a tiny flute and an electric guitar. The result is an ipnotic music very much suitable for discos.
What can I say, I chose the right year to start being passionate about Eurovision. See you next week as well as next year at the Eurovision in Italy!
Illustratins by Gabriela