The Eurovision Song Contest Phenomenon
I had never heard of the Eurovision Song Contest before moving to Denmark but I soon learned that this annual music competition is HUGE here. It’s not just big, it’s HUGE. People even host parties the night of the actual contest like Oscar nights in the U.S. to cheer on singers/performers from Denmark to Albania, Montenegro and Switzerland to Belarus. Many perform in their local language although English is the most popular language of the most-winning acts. Talk about an international spectacle.
The contest has run for the past 53 years and winners are determined by televoting. Believe it or not past winners have gone on to produce one-hit wonders or in some cases even had a long successful career. Who are some of these now known performers? Well, would you believe this is where Swedish sensation ABBA got their big break? Or what about Celine Dion, Milli-Vanilli or Rick Astley? Yes, it’s true. Another notable winner, albeit a one-hit wonder abroad, is Danish sensation Aqua with their obnoxious but irresistible song “Barbie Girl.“
This year the contest will be hosted in Moscow on May 12/14/16 and Denmark’s entrant has just been confirmed. Each country participating holds their own in-country competitions first and Denmark’s “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2009,” just announced Brinck as the winner who will go on to compete. You can see the video of the winning performance below. To me he sounds more like a country music performer from Texas than a Danish performer. But that’s just me. What do you think? What are your past favorites? Perhaps it’s the winner of the 2006 contest Finnish “hard rock” band Lordi?