Posts Tagged lingua franca
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.
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.