There is an undeniable sense of patriotism and national pride tied into the Eurovision Song Contest. But what happens if the person representing a country doesn’t quite fit into the stereotypical mold of what a Turk, a Norwegian, a Ukrainian, or any other nationality is ‘expected’ to be? Is Eurovision about bringing people of all nations together, or is it about showing off a constructed image of what a country is expected to look like?
Elaine Dove and David Elder start the new season of Juke Box Jury as we work through the songs of Eurovision 2012. This week Albania, Finland, Moldova, The Netherlands, and Turkey.
And for a moment, I thought we had all the songs for this year’s Eurovision. Ah well, we got nearly all of them, a running order, and lots to look forward to in April and May. It;s time for the regular Insight podcast!
With hundreds of Eurovision Song Contest fans heading to Stockholm for the Melodifestivalen final, the national final season is nearly over. How did national finals become such a part of the build up to Eurovision and why some more than others? Dr Paul Jordan investigates…
More tickets, less Armenia, more OAP’s, less schlager, more confirmed songs, and one less week to go till Eurovision 2012. with music from Buranovskiye Babushki, it’;s you weekly Insight podcast
With action from Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, and Spain, it’s another busy night as we approach the end of the National Final season. With heartbreak and heroics around Europe, who will be sent to Baku? Let’s find out.