The most motivating day of the year: the Saturday of the Eurovision Song Contest final!
A competition superbly ignored by most of the French, idolized almost everywhere else in Europe, down (or up if you're from there) to Australia, and, now, by a paid tv channel in the United States.
A week of rehearsals, semi-finals and the big party... before politicking came back tomorrow.
|Motto, key-picture and logotype of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (via the Wikipédia in English).|
|Alexander Rybak, Norwegian ESC 2009 winner, on a stamp from the 18 May 2010 series, on a postcard received via Postcrossing (thank you Jörg, cancelled 3 June 2010).|
|The special sheet by Austria Post - a collector would be the name in France (to the product).|
A default though: most stamps need to be bought by booklet or strip of ten... even at the WOPA agency.
Obviously, the stamp promoting equal rights for lesbian, bisexual, homosexual and transgender people may have attract many of the Eurovision public to the post offices of Stockholm, being issued May 4th, a week before the semi-finals.
|Issued the week before the contest and opening the Pride season in the Free World (PostNord.se)|
|Two of the 2015 stamps celebrating Swedish pop (philatelic bulletin of PostNord).|
Now, what song has touched my ears or my reflexion during the promotions and the semi-finals? Every ones that are pop or rock... obviously or I won't be watching the show right now!
Austria again with Zoë who sings her fearytale à la Disney Classics and in French... Yes, something is not quite Eurovisionesque there ;) Pupil at the French high school of Vienna, the whole of her first album is in French. And Austrians like it since she's the winner of the national public competition. Et ça plaît en Autriche puisqu'elle est issue du télé-crochet national.
In the topic: let's party but lest not forget... The Ukrainian singer Jamala commemorates the Crimean Tatars deported in 1944 by the Soviet government... Born in Kyrgyzstan from a Crimean Tatar father and an Armenian mother, her family came back to Ukraine only after the dislocation of the Soviet Union in 1991. Like France last year with the centenary of the Great War, the goal is not to win but to send a message... Will he hear it ?
And finally, surprise: has France Télévision put some cash aside or win the lottery to host the 2017 edition, right between to two rounds of the French presidential (and tumultuous) election on Sundays 23 April and 7 May?
Imagine: a bilingual song any European can understand, lively, and the final broadcast on the main public channel... Something's fishy here.
Let's hope because he will alone on the scene. Even with the magic screens, it can lack of show. But, since 2010, the entertaining Jessy Matador and his dansers, French know that some Central and Eastern European jurys and televoters have some difficulties with the multicultural live in Western Europe.
We are the heroes of our time...
But we dance with the demons in our mind...
We are the heroes...