- Author Becky Roberts
- Published December 22, 2015
The Ho-Ho-How To Live It advent calendar – December 22: Eurovision
In a perfect world, Eurovision would be on at Christmas. Instead we bring you some of its cheesy, brilliant highlights from yesteryear
Watching the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time is like experiencing your parents drunk for the first time. There’s a lot of eyebrow-raising and WTF word-mouthing.
But it’s everyone’s guilty pleasure (don’t deny it) and its heady mix of outrageously eclectic costumes, cheesy childlike lyrics, and teeth-grating melodies guarantees you have at least one strange (yet entertaining) evening of TV-watching a year.
Gone are the days where good musicians like ABBA and Celine Dion graced the much-respected Eurovision stage before going on to international fame. Now it’s a bit of a laughing stock – something to get the drinks flowing on a Saturday night in May. Made-up languages (Urban Trad’s Sanomi, Belgium 2003), turkey puppets (Dustin the Turkey’s Irelande Douze Pointe, Ireland 2008) and metal rock demon costumes (Lordi’s Hard Rock Hallelujah, Finland 2006). If live animals weren’t banned, we’d probably have fire-breathing dogs and chess-playing monkeys.
The winners usually offer us something different. But not always. After ABBA took home the gong for Sweden in 1974 with Waterloo, originality went out of the window for the UK, who decided to run with the group’s formula in future entries. It worked. In 1976, Brotherhood of Man won with Save Your Kisses for Me.
Manes and moustaches, check; flares, check; infectious jingle, check; dad dancing, check. Not only that, it became UK’s biggest-selling Eurovision entry of all time, shifting six million copies. (In April this year, the band performed the catchy song on-stage – minus a bit of hair and OTT enthusiasm.)
And five years later, Bucks Fizz won with their performance of Making Your Mind Up as human crayons.
Isn’t Eurovision just swell?
Catch up on every window of the Ho-Ho-How To Live It advent calendar right here!
Day 1: Ice hockey slap-shot
Day 2: Extreme motor-bicycles
Day 3: Modern-day Western
Day 4: Captain Kirk, Pulp and ballet dancing
Day 5: The Frenchman who went up a hill
Day 6: The Jungle Book
Day 7: Terrible Christmas duets
Day 8: A Christmas Horror Story
Day 9: The Detectorists
Day 10: Horror claymation
Day 11: True Romance
Day 12: Bill Murray’s Christmas
Day 13: High-wire walking
Day 14: Daniel Craig’s hair
Day 15: Get weepy with Prancer
Day 16: Extreme snowboarding
Day 17: Star Wars
Day 18: Grace and Frankie
Day 19: Rattle That Lock
Day 20: Advert wars
Day 21: Welcome to 4K
Becky Roberts is staff writer on What Hi-Fi? magazine.
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