The Super Bowl Isn’t My TV Event of the Year – It’s Eurovision!

A lot of people look forward to the Super Bowl every years.  And there are those who live to watch the Olympics when they roll around.  For me, my TV event of the year is Eurovision.  I can’t get enough of it and obviously, I’m in good company.  Eurovision has been broadcasting since 1956.

What is Eurovision?  Eurovision, also known as Eurosong, is a song competition that is held between countries around the world.  One singer represent their country by performing a song which not only determines if their country will win the event but also has been known to launch great careers.  Céline Dion was one such case.  She competed and won for Switzerland in 1988 and a star was born.

The way the competition works is that every country gets to vote but, of course, for a county other than itself.  Tons of people attend the event numbering anywhere from 100 million to 600 million and those are “in person” viewers.  It is also broadcast on television in most major countries and on the internet too.

I think the Super Bowl attendance has rounded out at a tops of about 103,219.  It may be the most watched televised annual event in America, but certainly not worldwide.  The Olympics are hugely popular too with somewhere around 7.5 million actually watching in person.  Imagine the magnitude of Eurovision with 100-600 million.  That put things in perspective, for sure.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not against the Super Bowl, the Olympics or any other major event that people flock to see or religiously tune in to watch.  I just happen to prefer Eurovision and wish everyone who has never experienced it would do so at least once, just to see what it’s all about.

Every year I am blown away with the talent that is unveiled at Eurovision.  It’s amazing to watch.  Even though many songs are in foreign languages that I don’t understand, there’s a common bond to music that connects us.

Being an avid Despina Vandi fan, I have always hoped that she would represent Greece In the competition.  She has been made the offer, repetitively but has never accepted and most likely never will.  She did, however, host in the final choosing of who would in 2013.  Then, in 2014, she and the famous actor, Giorgos Kapoutzidis, emceed Eurosong 2014.  Looks like that’s as close as I will get to my ideal Eurovision but I’ll take what I can get.

My all-time favorite was Eurovision 2014 partly because of Despina Vandi but also because I loved Conchita West’s unabated performance and what he says about it,  “Be the best version of yourself rather than a bad copy of someone else!”  He sang “Rise Like a Phoenix” like a true drag queen.

I’m really looking forward to Eurovision 2015.  The finale is set to be on May 23.  It will mark the 60th anniversary of the contest and is sure to be a spectacular event.  What’s best is that it will be held in the romantic, historical setting of Vienna, Austria.  It just doesn’t get any better…that is unless Despina decides to compete.

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