Eurovision lasts the ages

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Brayden Reese, Staff Writer

Eurovision! Eurovision! Eurovision! Every year an intense and ferocious competition takes place. It pits the many diverse and unique countries of Europe against one another, in a musical competition to last the ages.

Eurovision is an annual competition that has taken place since the 1950s. Countries from France to Moldova, Sweden to Italy, and beyond select their greatest musical talent to enter the competition and bring glory to their nations. 

The selection process varies from country to country, but all songs must be three minutes or less, there can be a maximum of six people on stage, and all of the songs must be original. Selection processes can vary from a televised competition where the winner gets to go to Eurovision, kind of like a mini version of the real contest. Some countries just randomly select a winner with no real competition, but generally, the songs chosen represent a unique aspect of the country’s culture. 

Many big-name performers have played over the years. Bands like ABBA, Celene Dion, and Little Big have all played over its 64-year reign. But you may be asking what the actual competition looks like.

Each year it takes place in the previous winner’s home country. For example, Italy won in 2021, so it took place there in 2022. It takes place over a three-day period, consisting of two semi-finals and a grand final. In the semi-finals each of the countries perform their songs, and the judges vote on who qualifies and who doesn’t. At the end of each semi-final, 10 contestants are selected to go to the grand final, where the general public is allowed to vote from home for their favorite country. France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Spain are known as the Big Five who sponsor the competition and are automatically qualified into the grand final.

Eurovision 2022 took place from May 10-14, and is the first year to exclude Russia due to the current war in Ukraine. Many people have criticized this year for being too influenced by politics. Such as the exclusion of Russia and the landslide win of Ukraine. However, there were still some strong performances from countries like Moldova, Serbia, and Lithuania.

A cultural powerhouse that represents some of the greatest aspects of European culture, Eurovision has brought, not just fame to the contestants, but also joy to millions of viewers across the world.