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Why is Eurovision so addictive?

A passionate Eurovision fan and journalist since 2009. I am living, thriving, and breathing for Eurovision every single year.

Eleni Foureira (Cyprus) preparing to conquer the stage at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Eleni Foureira (Cyprus) preparing to conquer the stage at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Eurovision was created back in the 50s because Europe needed a way to calm down and relieve the pain after WW2 ended. Eurovision was created as a peace project to bring the European countries together and I guess it worked. 65 years later, this peace project proved to be a success that continues to grow and grow every single year.

Every country is sending out a song to represent them. The majority put a substantial amount of effort into picking the right song and hopefully a potential winner, while others just prefer to play it chill and just enjoy the competition. Countries can choose their representative and song either in closed doors or publicly by organizing a national selection where either a special jury and/or the televoters can get the chance to select the artist and song that will represent them at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision can become an addition even at this stage where people can get involved in selecting the right song for their country. As a hard-core eurovision fan, you will always appreciate and love the songs that really touch you, however, your country will always be your country and even if your country sends a 'bad' song, you will always root and hope that it will qualify in the Grand Final. Unless, you are from France, Spain, UK, Germany or the previous winning country, as these ones are always pre-qualified in the Grand Final.

Eurovision is a great opportunity to discover new music, new artists but also to induce a bit of adrenalin in your life and to enjoy the competition vibe that you will get during the results both in the Semifinals and the Grand Final.

Eurovision is addictive because it's a big process that usually starts in September each year when all songs released after September 1st are eligible to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. The real Eurovision feeling actually starts with the first national selections appearing in late December, usually with Albania, that they traditionally select the first entrant of the contest. Also, they tend to modify or even change the song until Eurovision is organized.

This period is called the Eurovision National Final Season which usually starts at the end of December and lasts until the middle of March when Sweden and other nations select their entrant.

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Then of course, in April and May, there are many interviews, rehearsals, and exciting stuff that Eurovision fans enjoy a lot. The competition is always organized for one week in May, either at the beginning or end of the month.

After Eurovision is over, PED officially kicks in, that is the Post Eurovision Depression or the dead season which usually is between June and September. Eurovision is definitely not just a one-night event, it a whole season of events that people enjoy.

Eurovision can bring a lot of joy in your life and nothing compares with fresh music that is being served to us yearly. This is what Eurovision is all about. New music, new discoveries but also learning a lot about new cultures, everything through music.

© 2021 Florin Suciu

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