Playlist Monday: Eurovision 2014

There’s something going on this week in the music world called the Eurovision Song Contest. For the uninitiated, the Eurovision Song Contest is like the original American Idol, except on a global scale. The contest was founded in 1956 by the European Broadcasting Union to help a war-torn Europe rebuild itself by bringing countries together with some light entertainment. Sort of like a music Olympics.

Much like the several network-televised contests that have taken over our country, the Eurovision competition is another great way to help artists launch their careers. In fact, previous winners include ABBA, Celine Dion, and Julio Iglesias (famous father of you know who). The format of the contest is that each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and radio, and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. 52 countries are participating this year and the list can be found here. Countries award 12 points to their favorite song, 10 to the second favorite, and then scores from eight down to one to another eight songs. The contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956, and is one of the longest running television programs in the world. Since 2000, the contest is also streamed live, and can be watched via the Eurovision website.

This year, the contest will take place at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark and occurs this week. The first semi-final will be on Tuesday, May 6, followed by a second semi-final on Thursday, May 8, all culminating to the Grand Final on Saturday, May 10. I have hand-picked some of my favorites for the contest this year and have kicked off the playlist with the 2012 and 2013 contest winners. There’s a great mix of absurdity, hilarity and talent. All of these videos are entertaining, to say the least. Tune in and enjoy!

1. Loreen – Euphoria (2012 Winner, Sweden)

2. Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops (2013 Winner, Denmark)

3. The Common Linnets – Calm After the Storm (The Netherlands, my pick for this year)

4. Elaiza – Is It Right (Germany)

5. Aram MP3 – Not Alone (Armenia, just wait for the drop at 1:54)

6. Donatan & Cleo – My Slowianie (Poland)

I had to include this video just so you all know it exists. Not sure if this still qualifies as innuendo.

7. Teo – Cheesecake (Belarus)

I challenge you to watch this and not smile.

8. Sebalter – Hunter of Stars (Switzerland)

I’m part Swiss and a sucker for whistling.

9. Softengine – Something Better (Finland)

10. Twin Twin – Moustache

Had to finish strong.

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