As it has been announced by our Twitter accounts, we are delighted to present you a new series created specifically during the month of May. “From Eurowho?! To Douze Points!” brings together, in a series of articles, the different opinions and testimonies of a variety of people who, even if they are not keen on the Eurovision Song Contest, are connected to it one way or another.
The good memories…
In this week’s article, we asked the different participants in the study to tell us about their most iconic Eurovision memories, and about those stereotypes that revolve around the contest.
When asked the question “What comes to your mind when you hear Eurovision?”, an extensive list of memories starts to unwrap. Physics student Noelia Sánchez just pronounces a single word to make us understand the impact of some songs: “Euphoria”.
It’s something usual to hear, as this song burnt into the history of Eurovision, as it sold 2 million copies just 48 hours after Loreen’s victory in Baku. Sara Sánchez goes a step further, and she’s able to remember “some very old Russian women with an oven”.
…and the bad ones too
But success it is not the only way to be remembered. Several participants answered the question with two iconic names that represented Spain in the 21st century. Native of Palencia student Myriam Esteban tells us the horrific year she decided to watch “I am not used to watching the contest, but one-year it was the same day as a close friend’s birthday. We watched it and well … that happened”. She was talking about Manel Navarro’s memorable “Do it for your lover”, in 2017. 2008 representative Rodolfo Chikilicuatre is also mentioned is some of the testimonies.
Stereotypes all over the place
One particular detail that has unfortunately the contest, is the heavy number of stereotypes related to it. Journalism student Paula Domínguez (whose name should be remembered for one of the next episodes of the section), remarks the existence of political interests.
“It gives me the feeling of not caring about music. Those 12 points feel like bribing”.
She is not the only one thinking like that, as 17-year-old María Jesús González sees it as a way of letting countries agree with each other.
“It is not a music competition, just a shameless way of approving other’s political system”.
In next week’s article, we will discover how some of these individuals feel about their country’s situation at Eurovision (spoiler: Spain it is not the only country involved there), and how they see Eurovision concerning other countries.
Until then, feel free to tell us your most iconic Eurovision memories, and which stereotypes do you think that concern the contest.