It’s time for an early look at the amazing bizarreness of Eurovision

Long before Idol shows, X-Factor, The Voice, and The Launch was Eurovision, the world’s most bonkers music competition. Since 1956, this multi-national singing competition rarely fails to deliver the bizarre, the weird, and the totally bananas.

This year’s host country is Israel, something that is rather controversial with those who are opposed to the country’s treatment of Palestine. But before we get that far, we have to find our various finalists. Here are a few to get you psyched up for Eurovision 2019.

Darude (Finland)

Darurde, the trance DJ, oesn’t even sing. I guess that’s all right. Cool video, though.

Hatari (Iceland)

Not a done deal yet, but Iceland is considering these guys. Nice costumes. The vocals are, um…

Daz Sampson (Belarus)

Sampson appeared for the UK in 2006, but he appears to have switched teams.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “It’s time for an early look at the amazing bizarreness of Eurovision

  • February 4, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Being from the UK I have always been aware of the Eurovision song contest. My wife was not until we visited Iceland and it happened to be on. I have no idea why but everyone gets into it WAY more than I’ve ever seen, with major parties and dressing up as past winners. In the sports bar we visited to watch TFC we were allowed one of the over 20 TVs for sports. The rest were tuned into The Eurovision. Bizarre.


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