We want to preface this by confirming ourselves as big Eurovision fans. We love the show. We love the excitement, the flags, the fabulous, quirky presenters, the sweeping camera shots, the amazing performances (and the sub-par), the accents, the voting... This is our big shared cultural event. This is our Superbowl.
We also love the songs, from Sertab to Sergey (listen to our full playlist here on Spotify and here on Apple Music). Eurovision has always been a cultural melting pot and many of the songs introduced new or adapted musical ideas; a combination of cultures in a rhythm or lyric; an epic chord progression. Some of the songs surprise you musically or through the performance, and some of them are ambitious in another way – they just make you dance or sing or laugh. We know we have kept listening to a lot of them through the years, and their special Eurovision history really is that – special.
So you can see why we wouldn’t root for a Eurovision contestant who seems to feel like they’re above the competition or unbothered by it all.
We were all watching Saturday night as the votes rolled in and Portugal’s Salvador Sobral yawned, slumped in his green room couch, ready for bed. The boy could barely crack a smile as he walked to the stage to accept his award.
Things quickly went from bad to worse. Did he really just dismiss… all Eurovision songs?
“I know now it’s really hard to say even something,”
one of the kind Ukrainian presenters appeases Sobral on the main stage, millions of Europeans watching...
“but I would like if you wanna say… Or even a message for all those who voted for you, now it’s time to do this.”
All we really want to hear is a 'thank you so much, I really appreciate it,' etc.
Sobral doesn’t even make eye contact with the host as he lifts the mike from him, one hand still in his pocket.
“Okay… I wanna say that we live in a world of disposable music,”
Oh, what? Lol.
“Fast food music without any content and I think this could be a victory for music, with people that make music that actually MEANS something. Music is not fireworks. Music is feeling!”
Can’t. Just so unnecessary.
You just won Eurovision. Why are you moaning?
Condescending as fuck. So rude.
I just don’t know why you feel the need to put down music people all over the world enjoy. Music that is no more or no less valid than the music that you enjoy. If you really believe that we’re lacking powerful, important music, or that music that people use just to enjoy themselves or have fun is somehow less valid than more thoughtful music, or even that the two are mutually exclusive, then unfortunately I think that you are the ignorant and unenlightened one.
Having Sobral’s sister sing part of the song with him for the winner’s rendition was a nice touch. The song is not for us but we don’t dismiss its artistic value. That said, we would have appreciated a winner who actually wanted to be there.