Deconstructing Eurovision

Chris Farmer RSS / 26.05.2008. u 15:05

The fat lady has now sung.

Far from being a reference to Portugal (whose song I thought was lovely by the way), the moment of reflection is now descending on Belgrade. Eurovision has come, exploded, and drifted off in the direction of Moscow. And the question which I am left with is what does it all mean?

The hype of this watershed event for Serbia and Belgrade has already been subsumed in the day-to-day guesswork about the next government. The organization of Eurovision in Belgrade seems to have been superb. The flooding of the White City streets with thousands of visitors caused no problems around town, the atmosphere was lively, and no ugly incidents (usually to be expected with so many bodies in one space) were splashed across the headlines.

And I am also amazed that no grandstanding has taken place. No coy Jack Horner-ić has stood up and jerked his thumb chestward to say, "My what a good boy am I!" A mark, surely, of a certain maturity is this.

Eurovision as a word, as a concept, as a neologism, and as a prognostication.

In essence, this country is suffering from a superabundance of Eurovision. Not the song contest anymore, but the visions of the future which both include and exclude Europe. Our Eurovision has defined the last parliamentary elections. Our Eurovision will define the next government. Having the annual Singing Kitch-Fest in the Serbian capital was just another symbolic nod to this all-important question.

I note, in passing, the uncomfortably symbolic triple-whammy of the Eurovision winning song: "Dreaming." In Serbia. By a Russian. Paid for by an American. All paths converge?

As a concept, I get the feeling that the preoccupation with Europe is somewhat overplayed here. The facts of the case are as follows: we have been offered to join the Euroclub of Eurovisionists. The population appears to be in a quandary about it - not about whether we want to join, but rather how, and under what conditions. Joining Europe, it must also be said, is not inevitable. It will be a conscious choice made either by the government or directly by the people in a referendum. How we decide and who decides is a subject of great indecision and will also be decisive in the decision on the new government. Confusing enough?

You decide.

A further Euro-wrinkle to be ironed is the EURO part of Eurovision in Serbia. Many millions of euros are staked all around the table on this issue, with many standing to gain and lose depending on the direction of the drift. While gloomy predictions of isolation and many levels of poverty (economic, diplomatic, and the like) are being cast upon the waters, problematically, it has yet to be clearly explained to the populus how a pro-Eurovision will translate into better times and fatter wallets for the people.

Therefore, I retract my opening statement. The fat lady is only warming up her voice here in Serbia. And her warbling may keep us entertained for quite some time to come.


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ioOoi ioOoi 15:42 26.05.2008


It iz for šor. Bat vot about it? 02:10 27.05.2008

Re: Jes

The fact is Eurosong was always (or at last decade) pretty weird contest. So it was now, no matter in which country it takes place.
Jelena Pavlović Jelena Pavlović 15:54 26.05.2008

they havent sung yet

The Fatties haven't sung yet. They are about to. They are mostly man, or appear to be. But instead of putting themselves on some strict diets, they are forcing their own people to lose everything there is to lose. Euro, Shmuro, who cares.
cherga cherga 13:31 29.05.2008

Re: they havent sung yet

The population appears to be in a quandary about it - not about whether we want to join, but rather how, and under what conditions.


Although, after all, it almost seems naive to be hoping for a miracle but I’d like to think that things are bound to change. If not now: soon enough…well, relatively.
True, joining the EU ain’t inevitable but however slowly, we seem to be creeping closer.

In fact, the ever more collective shift towards the EU is perhaps more important and valuable for Serbia than actually reaching it.
nikson nikson 01:30 30.05.2008


To one who said that he didn´t had a chace to see Ana Ivanovic on ESC: Everyone who watches BBC had a same problem! BBC is British national broadcast and thay have to follow British politic. GB was one off the leaders in bombing off Serbia. So showing Serbian country as beautiful or Serbian culture as one off bigest in Europe is out off question. Than thay have to explain why did thay bombed Serbia and made picture off Serbia in medias witch doesn´t have contact with reality. Bye
DejanOz DejanOz 04:13 01.06.2008

Re: ...

> or Serbian culture as one off bigest in Europe

You might want to think a little bit longer the next time you feel a need to state something like that.



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