Just like that, we’re all back in the 9-to-5 of the real world, and the bright lights of the Eurovision Song Contest have been left behind in Malmö. Stretching out in front of us, almost a year of waiting before we all fly to Copenhagen (again) for Eurovision 2014, and if we’re all honest, we’re suffering from Post-Eurovision Depression (PED).
If you’re not sure why you’re feeling a bit low today, why every horn that sounds a little bit like the start of Euphoria gives you a little burst of excitement, and why every fashion disaster reminds you of Moje 3, you probably have the PEDs.
But let’s make sure.
25 classic symptoms of Post Eurovision Depression
1. The next five nights you’ll be watching the Grand Final with Graham Norton on Monday, with Ken Bruce on Tuesday, with Marty Whelan on Wednesday, with Sven Epiney on Thursday, with Luke Fisher and Ewan Spence on Friday, and then on your own via Eurovision.tv/esctv at the weekend.
2. When the bus to work hits a pothole, and your wrist is the only wrist that lights up with a colourful band of LEDs.
3. Putting in a holiday request for Monday May 5th – Sunday May 18th 2014, and upsetting HR because the computer doesn’t go that far ahead.
4. You see a crowd of people, and you run over to join them hoping for an ‘Igranka‘ CD and find out it’s a queue for Greggs.
5. You call up catering and demand your afternoon fika.
6. Not only are there enough power sockets at work, your plug fits into them.
7. Getting upset at the supermarket when you’re told alcohol is not free.
8. You feel strangely naked without an accreditation pass around your neck… assuming you’ve actually taken it off.
9. Working out if you can find enough tinfoil to perform ‘Solayoh‘ at the OGAE UK Eurobash.
10. Someone offers you a Caesar Salad and you get a flashback to an operatic car crash.
11. Finding out that every hotel room in Copenhagen is already blocked out for next year.
12. Capital Gold on the radio at work isn’t cutting it, and you’re trying to work out how to get ESC Radio through the speakers.
13. Finally working out how to pronounce ‘Kedvesem‘.
14. Getting upset at having to pay for a bus ticket, because everyone knows even an F2 could travel for free on public transport.
15. Getting upset when nobody around you knows who Lynda Woodruff is.
16. Getting really upset when nobody around you knows who Sarah Dawn Finer is and they demand the original version of ‘The Winner Takes It All‘ instead of this…
17. You send a press release out to the Daily Mail before you kiss your partner, hoping to get a bit more publicity.
18. Stepping into a lift, you have an irresistible urge to mirror the movements of the only other person in the lift.
19. Trying to fit a pyro charge into the top of your pen.
20. You dream of Cyprus as you make tea yourself.
21. Singing ‘Waterfall‘ to ‘Quedate Conmigo‘.
22. Trying to work out if Yohio (aka Kevin) would have done better than Robin Stjernberg.
23. Composing an angry letter to the BBC demanding a National Final, without thinking of the consequences (because you know it would be hosted by John Barrowman).
24. Wondering how easy it would be to get to Albania for this year’s ‘Festivali i Këngës‘.
25. You go online and search for a list of Post Eurovision Depression symptoms.
Now help us explore the condition
How many of them do you have? Do you have any more that should be added to the list? Let us know… and we might even dig out some ESC Insight badges and merchandise for the best ones left in the comments.