Musical styles change, and it’s clear to hear what has changed from the first Contest in 1956 through to this year’s upcoming jamboree in Stockholm. Visual styles in television has changed as well, with the Song Contest evolving alongside the industry.
That said, the last few years have seen the rise of a more cinematic approach in television drama. Those lessons are starting to appear in the staging of the songs at the Eurovision Song Contest. Explaining what ‘cinematic’ means for musical presentation at the Song Contest is the subject of the latest episode of ‘Every Song A Story‘, continuing our look at how the visual world of the Contest continues to evolve.
Every Song A Story: Cinematic Television
From West Wing and Katrina and the Waves, to Mad Men and Mans Zelmerlow, how has the Eurovision Song Contest adopted the lessons of cinematic television?
Every Song A Story will run through April in the run-up to Stockholm. As always, we look forward to your thoughts and reactions to this essay, and if there are any areas you ‘d like us to look at. Leave your thoughts in the comments, or reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.