“If there’s one thing that I love as an entertainer, it’s a spectacle.” –JC Chasez
I know that about half of those of you who read Starts With A Bang regularly hail from outside the United States, but I was completely unprepared for the joyous spectacle that is the Eurovision song contest when I first encountered it last year. Have a listen to the best (not the winning) song from last year’s contest, as Koza Mostra and Agathon Iakovidis sing their brilliant Greek entry,
But each year, the Eurovision song contest gives us some of the world’s most interesting and entertaining spectacles, and I’ve gone and highlighted my top five for you — along with some additional thoughts and color — once again.
3.) Austria’s Conchita Wurst singing Rise Like A Phoenix. Okay, look, I’m not going to lie. When I first saw Conchita Wurst, I may have mistakenly asked why Prince was competing at Eurovision. The drag queen alter-ego of musician Tom Neuwirth, Conchita’s performance was controversial in countries like Belarus and Russia, because those countries haven’t learned lessons of basic human decency and dignity yet.
Well, guess what, haters? Conchita won Eurovision 2014, Austria gets their first win since 1966, and everyone who snubbed their noses at it gets to look like the intolerant jackasses they chose to be in front of the whole world. Good on you for rewarding creativity, bravery and quality, Europe. Good on you.
Go and read the whole thing, and happy weekend!