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Although there is less than two months left till the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest 2017, the euphoria among the fans of this greatest music competitions in the world, is well on track. But this is not surprising, especially for those most loyal fans of ESC that keep this euphoric atmosphere around ESC throughout the year in many different ways. It is not a small number of fans who for 365 days a year passionately follow everything that happens around ESC, performed songs, songwriters, singers, singers’ dressing, performances, the ways of voting of the jury and the audience, the way neighbors exchange points, videos of songs, betting, making of variety of analysis, comparison of older ESC performances with the new ones, and so on. And imagine that, not only that the true ESC fans could never be bored with that but they feel a true pleasure going through each performance of any of the countries on ESC! Let alone they follow everything about winners, losers, unjust placement of certain songs, Dark Horse candidates, Marcel Bezençon award, awarded by participating countries’ composers, about who was the moral winner of the Contest etc.
The truth is, ESC is not followed just by ESC fans. It is followed by those who watch it traditionally from year to year quite relaxed, just so their Saturday night wouldn’t be boring, and it is followed by those who are true “haters” of ESC. Like any big event or phenomenon, the ESC has its critics. Some of them are realistic, some of them criticize it just for fun. Yet few criticize it with arguments. One can find analysis and opinions that the ESC is a silly event, full of paradox and nonsense, that it’s a trashy parade of bad songs and semi-artists, and even that it is a very political event or contest that celebrates and supports LGBT population through music and show. The biggest ESC haters invest time and energy to promote the opinion that ESC should be brought to an end! However, given the situation it is realistic that the facts are on the side of ESC fans. The fact is that the ESC is the biggest and most watched musical TV show in the world, it’s a musical competition that brings together the largest number of countries and participants in a competition of this kind. Over 200 million people all around the world watch ESC. Recently Australia joined ESC and the interest is only getting greater and greater in China, Japan, America etc. This year, for example, artists and authors from 42 countries from Europe and Australia will present themselves to Europe and the world. One can only imagine how enormous interest is among the media of all these participating countries. About 1500 journalists report about ESC, not to mention the financial aspect, marketing, tourist industry, production and everything else that comes along with ESC as the biggest musical spectacle of the year.
The ESC celebrates its 62nd anniversary, and it is stronger than ever! Some participating countries that take the ESC very seriously prepare for it 365 days a year. That literally means that the day after the ESC spectacle, new cycle of preparations begins for the next one. It doesn’t sound that surprising once we’re aware of the fact that two semi-finals and finals of ESC bring the host city more than 120 MILLION EUROS. When faced with facts like this, even the biggest ESC haters that are mainly uninformed about the subject, either keep silent or suddenly change the subject. It can even happen that they sing one of the greatest ESC hits while driving a car without being aware of it, such as Volare (Italy) or Hold me now (Ireland) or Waterloo from the legendary group ABBA. World stars such as Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler and many others have taken part in ESC which tells a lot about its significance and importance.
The most important thing is that as long as the ESC fans breathe, there will be ESC! Love always wins in the end and it is clear that the love for ESC has been alive for 62 years in Europe and many parts of the world. We are looking forward to hearing the magical words for the 62nd time in May this year: Good evening Europe!