Monday, March 12, 2012

The Latest Buzz on the Eurovision Song Contest

            Recently, I wrote a blog questioning – but not disparaging – Britain’s choice of Engelbert Humperdink as its representative in the 57th annual Eurovision Song Contest.  Today, we have the opportunity to preview Russia’s candidate, the Buranovo Grannies (aka the Singing Babushkas).

            I looked up the rules, and as far as I can tell, one musical representative from each European country (13 countries have announced that they will participate so far) competes live on the European Broadcasting Union’s annual show. The winners are chosen by fans calling in their votes via the telephone. (Now we know where American Idol got the idea.) OK, I get that part.

            What I don’t understand is why these particular acts were selected for the music contest. It’s not that I don’t love Engelbert Humperdink or the Buranovo Grannies, because you can’t help loving them, right? But is one of these two contestants really expected to win?

            I am now intrigued by this contest, and I am also in luck. The program will be webcast when it airs live in May. I plan to leave my American music bias at the door, and simply enjoy the spectacle. It promises to be fun for all.