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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the (holi)day: What is the big deal about Eurovision, anyway?

I know that spring bank holiday weekend in the U.K. means Eurovision Song Contest and everyone gets very excited about this, but why?

What is the big deal about Eurovision, anyway? Is it just another talent contest the likes of which are so popular these days, or is there something else at work? Is it a substitute for war? You know, a chance to trounce Germany or something without all the fuss and mess of battle? And is that why everyone in the U.K. seems so upset that the U.K. lost again this year… and Germany won?

Someone please explain it all to an ignorant American…

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