It’s sometimes hard being an American who likes Eurovision: Unless you live close enough to New York City to attend Europhoria or have any ESC-fan friends, you’re stuck to listening to the songs online. Everywhere else no one’s ever heard of what you’re listening to, unless you ask the high school radio station’s weekly Europop show to play something. And when you do so, they’re only going to accept songs like “Euphoria” or “I Feed You My Love” because they sound radio-friendly enough.
Obviously, there are some songs that you shouldn’t use to introduce the contest to friends. Either you end up scaring them off with your weird interests, or they end up thinking that the contest is something over-the-top, kitschy, etc. Here are some songs that I don’t recommend introducing ESC with:
- Greece 2013- “Alcohol is Free”– My HS German teacher invited me to what would be called a Eurovision party, which was technically bribing students with free food and extra credit to watch some of the 2013 songs about a week after the contest. However, she hadn’t heard any of the songs yet. Naturally she was a bit annoyed with some of the German Club students deciding to play this on a school computer- I don’t think it would be a good idea to play this over the school radio either.
- Romania 2013- “It’s My Life”– Most people’s first reaction: Wait, what did I just see?!
- Austria 2012- “Woki Mit Deim Popo”- My friend from German class saw me copying the title and just facepalmed. And then there are the people who think “Woki” sounds like “F*** you.”
- Ukraine 2007- “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”– Quoting someone I don’t remember, this is a “3 minute acid trip video.” One of my classmates at uni who’s heard the song said, “I was listening to this while driving and almost crashed the car due to how hilarious it was.”
- Estonia 2008- “Leto Svet”– I’ve been watching Eurovision for over 3 years and still can’t really understand this. Besides it being a mashup of tropes commonly seen in ESC, it doesn’t make much sense.
- Russia 2012- “Party for Everybody”– I’m guessing people will probably disagree with me, but I don’t think it’s that great an idea to introduce people to Eurovision with this song. Maybe it would work as a shock factor (which I’ve done) because typically Russian grandmas don’t go with disco balls, but it would probably just further the belief that ESC if just kitschy.