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There was once a time when America was almost involved in a Eurovision-like contest of international melodic proportions. I say almost, though, because once the US lost it, it somehow never managed to return to television.
The contest, for those of you who remember, was called “World Idol” and featured representatives from 11 countries who had won their own country’s version of “American Idol”, which (in the spirit of full disclosure) officially began in the UK. Kelly Clarkson represented the US, sang as almost all her contemporaries, of course, in English, and after being accused by the Canadian judge of yelling rather than belting, lost out to “dark horse” Kurt Nilsen of Norway. The US got tired of losing to Norway in the international arena, and the World Idol competition was not to be seen nor heard of again. In fact, depending on the results of 2014’s final medal count, it remains to be seen whether the next Winter Olympics may in fact be our last. Uff da!
But enough about Kurt Nilsen. What does any of this have to do with Eurovision? Well, besides the mirrored voting systems, World Idol does help me, as a grudge-holding American, to discuss the particularities of the Norwegian brand of singing-contest success: they are either very good at it or very, very bad.