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Watching Eurovision song contest and other catastrophes

So this past weekend, the Eurovision song contest took place. In case you are like most people and are wondering what the hell that is, you are not alone. Outside of Europe, I mean crazy Europe,I am sure no one knows what it is or the joys of watching it.

I have been watching Eurovison song contest for as long as i have lived in Europe. The reason is not because of the quality of music but rather the drama that tends to accompany it.

There is something primal and distinctly unpretentious about the show. A passive aggressive performance where countries get to show their friends and neighbors what they really think of them. Scandinavians give their fellow Scandinavians maximum points. Great Britain mostly gets close to zero points and somehow everyone manages to look like they are having a time of their life.

I chuckle at how this would play out in Africa. Tanzania would relish the chance to give corrupt slimy Kenyans zero points. And I have no doubt that South Africa with all its strict visa rules and haughtiness would be crushed to smitherens and thrown out in the sea.

As a non European, I will always have gaps about my understanding of this continent. Eurovision somehow gives a simplified glimpse into what Europeans think about each other. Those who deliver a shitty performance can still count on their neighbors to throw a point or two their way. What they can not count on is for their friends and neighbors to deliver them the title. Because the really astonishing thing about Eurovision song contest, is the fact that the continent always somehow manages to agree on one winner. This most tribalistic partisan contest, somehow always comes up with one performance which the whole continent from Arzerbeijan to Finland agree should wear the crown.

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