Eurovision: Almost Here

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Eurovision, the brilliantly silly Europe-wide music competition that quickens our collective pulse, is less than three weeks away. Since we regard Eurovision to be possibly the most culturally significant event of the entire year, we are naturally more than a touch excited.

We’ve been busy reviewing the entries and coming up with our own favorites. Among these:

1. “On Top of the World” by Dutch repeat entrant Edsilia Rombley (see above.)

2. “Work Your Magic” by Belarussian hopeful Dmitry Koldun.

3. “My Story” by Georgia’s first-ever representative, Sopho Khalvashi.

4. “Comme Ci, Comme Ça” by Cypriot act Evridiki.

5. “Song #1″ by Russian girl group Serebro.

6. “Flying the Flag” by UK camp masters Scooch.

7. “Ven a Bailar Conmigo” by Norway’s Guri Schanke.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to attend Eurovision this year. As consolation, we’ve been reading the utterly entertaining Schlagerblog, which is an extended ode both to Eurovision and the largely (but not exclusively) Swedish brand of ultrapop known as Schlager. For a couple of British dudes, the boys behind Schlagerblog know an awful lot about Scandinavian pop. Our flag flies high for them.

Eurovision will be held on May 10 and 12 in Helsinki.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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