Opinion / Fernando Augusto Pacheco
Norwegian wolves who like bananas, Latvians who order us to eat our green vegetables and a Serbian singer who informs us that “dark circles around the eyes can indicate liver problems” – this can only be the Eurovision Song Contest of the song. The biggest music competition in the world is more popular than ever and attracts an international audience of around 200 million viewers. Turin will host the final of the 66th edition this Saturday and it promises to be a vintage year.
The big favorite is the Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine with their song “Stefania” – Eurovision has always been more than music. That said, it’s a strong debut, cleverly mixing Ukrainian folk and hip-hop. Singer Oleh Psiuk (illustrated) told me that the song was written for his mother before Russia invaded his homeland. “After the war started, the song took on many new meanings,” he said. “People started interpreting it as being about ‘Mother Ukraine’ or the disappearance of their mothers. That’s how the song became very popular in Ukraine.
The Italian hosts have a great start with the return of Mahmood, who first represented the country at Eurovision in 2019; this time he performs a ballad with the singer of Lombard origin Blanco. Sweden are strong as usual and even Briton Sam Ryder deserves to win at least one point for his country (we’ll see). Elsewhere, Spain’s entry, Chanel’s “SloMo,” provides the obligatory booty-shaking and Iceland pulls out all the stops. Many delights will be offered to you.
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