That Europe thing with the songs

Don’t go running away! I guess my fellow Europeans already know what this will be about. But remember the last time we talked about this? It wasn’t all that bad at all!
It’s true, I want to write another post on the Eurovision Song Contest. I didn’t expect all too much of it, because last year it was extremely boring. Everyone had the same song and a similar ‘singer’. This year though, there was much more variety. Good thing number one. Of course there were still a lot of songs that were not good, and some that I didn’t like at all though others liked them. Next to those there were actually some songs that had something that made me want to write this post.

And honestly, did I ever post about bad music?

Of course you all know the bearded woman has won. Conchita is in fact a guy, the long hair is a wig. Many people claim that she’s just won because of the beard, though you have to admit she’s got a great voice. This was a Bond song, it seemed. And if you watch the video (after all you can’t not include the winner!), then watch the background! At a certain moment there are these flames that move like wings and it makes her seem like a real phoenix. That’s very well done. Overall it was a good show, with a glamorous feeling. Was it the best song? Well, that just depends on your taste. I do think though that we shouldn’t pay so much attention to a beard…


The song that got second place, is Calm after the storm from the Netherlands. Now this was a good one! A simple background, simple clothing, simple setting. Between all the laserlights and crying this was so peaceful. Next to that the female singer has an interesting expression, and you can see how much they’re enjoying themselves. That’s so nice to see. They are genuinely liking what they are doing. Europe did like it a lot, because for such a country it got a lot of points. And while we, Belgium, weren’t selected, suddenly we became a part of the Netherlands. One of our commentators literally said ‘we’ve got 12 points’ or something along these lines. That’s probably the only time this will ever happen!


There was also a song with meaning, from Hungary, called Running. At first I though ‘this is just the regular please-tear-upsong’. And then the dancers started to dance. As you can figure out I completely fell for it. They really depict what he’s singing about, and especially that last move, where he protects the girl, got me. Sometimes I’m like the princess who wants a brave knight to save her from the dragon, you know. We don’t often have a song that’s not about love in this contest, so it was very special in it’s very own way. Apparently it was based on a true story as well. I kind of liked it.


Of course there were other songs that caught my eye, but these three are especially worth mentioning- whether because it was the winner or because it was a good show. Either way, feel free to share your favourite song in this contest!