Tomorrow, Europe goes to war.
Every year, on the third Saturday in May, Europe goes to war.
There are no casualties because we compete through song. But the songs will haunt you for the rest of your life.
I am of course referring to the Eurovision Song Contest that has been going on since 1956. Wikipedia has an abundance of history to devour (or you know, stay away from completely).
In case there’s any doubt, I dislike Eurovision so ironically that it’s gone around in a circle, kind of like a hipster that’s gone so far that he’s become a clean cut office worker. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s over, because it’s lasted since the ’50s, but it’s OVER!
This year we have quite the cast of characters to endure. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the 25 countries competing:
- We have Australia competing (don’t ask) with a dress that swings like a giant pendulum.
- Belarus is trying too hard to make us like it.
- Denmark gets the award for most Danish song (I mean…it’s SO Danish…).
- Norway gets the award for most Swedish song.
- This year’s host, Israel, gets the award for Most On the Nose Song Title (“Home”).
- Ireland seemed to be trying to reclaim their former glory from the early ’90s – they won four times in five years between 1992 and 1996 – but alas, they got kicked out in the semi-final.
- Russia seems to have the biggest Game of Thrones fans.
- Spain always has a special place in my heart (and the song is just FUN).
- San Marino gets the award for Easiest Sing-A-Long Lyrics.
- The Czech Republic is my clear favorite.
- But my loyalty will always lie with Iceland, spewing their hate as usual.
Quite the spectacle and a great time for your fridge and freezer to break the day before you throw a Eurovision party for 30+ people…
However, one thing came to mind while my wife forced me to watch all the songs is that although these songs are all incredibly different from each other, from different countries with different instrumentation and arrangement sometimes derived from deep within their culture, I bet that every single mixing engineer who mixed those songs used a combination of EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and saturation.
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