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…And Its Discontents (cont’d)

What about the inevitable backlash, you say, that comes with all of this?  Surely there must be somebody out there who is against the primacy of English-language songs in Eurovision and secretly hopes for a pre-1999 (or pre-1973, as it were) return to the good-ol’-days.  Or maybe just the days when one could choose their preferred tongue and not have it be politically misconstrued.

O, Julissi! (source: commons.wikipedia.org)

As a matter of fact, such people do exist!  If you’re in the year 2010 and living in Turkey, just head to the local branch of your country’s MHP.  Though I’m sure there are other examples out there, I’d like to focus on two specific ones which caught my attention in recent years:

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Globalization…

Hello all!

Finally, a first post! (better late than never, right?)   Being that this is Eurovision America, with Michael and I both one of the few, the proud American Eurovision fans, I feel that this first post should be devoted to discussing an ESC issue relevant to both sides of the Atlantic.

Now as you all know, a specter is haunting Europe….the specter of English-language songs!   Barring the occasional Latvian singing in Italian, or bizarre exception, most of the winning acts (22 -24, depending on how strict you are with interpretation) have been sung in English.  Naturally, this phenomenon has multiplied ever since the ESC changed the rule permitting countries to sing in whatever language they liked.  Crafting English lyrics has even become an unofficial rule for any lyricist seeking a “successful” Eurovision tune.

The exception. (source: commons.wikipedia.org)

Yet, this all begs the question:  on a continent where the majority of people’s first language isn’t English, must the majority of Eurovision songs be sung (or partially sung) in the native language of those whose countries don’t even reside under the European Broadcasting Union’s domain It should be duly, though ironically, noted that ESC stands for both Eurovision Song Contest and English-speaking countries, amongst other things.

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