Monday, February 13, 2006
Eurovision FINALLY Coming To US
I've been waiting for this for years. The cheesey Eurovision Song Contest is finally coming to the US via NBC. An annual celebration of tacky costumes and horrific power ballads, Eurovision is a huge event where every country in the EU submits one act and one song for a one-night showdown where people all over Europe vote in a complicated scheme (smaller countries are weighted heavily so, say, Germany and the UK don't dominate) and a winner is announced. It's an immensely guilty pleasure to watch as tiny Slavic countries dish out truly dreadful acts and even major countries like the UK fall flat on their face more often than not. (Past winners for their countries include ABBA and Celine Dion, though the winners usually fall right back into obscurity.) NBC is finally rejiggering the format for the US with each state offering up a song and act to perform it. What took them so long? Presumably they'll be smart enough to stage it in late summer far away from American Idol.