Eurovision shapes the Continent’s identity

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“In April, French President Emmanuel Macron described Europe as ‘a continent-world that thinks about its universality’. Perhaps he would include thinking about singing, that most universal of languages. On Saturday night, an audience of more than 150 million people – larger than the Super Bowl – is expected to watch performers from 26 countries in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The event, now in its 68th year, will again shape a tighter European identity that honors the singing talent from individual countries, most of them in the European Union. The ‘universal’ in Eurovision lies in its democratic and inclusive nature. Viewers, along with an expert jury, get to vote on who wins. And the event’s organizer, the European Broadcasting Union, is quite open about its struggles to welcome new countries while keeping the musical competition as free of geopolitics as possible.” (05/10/24)