It has become a tradition for the hosts of Eurovision to give a special shout out to their Australian fans. Despite not having our own Eurovision pop sensation, every year Australians celebrate Eurovision for what it is: a hilariously outrageous display of C grade European pop music.
No other musical competition in the world can instil within its watchers the same mixture of horror and manic hysteria like Eurovision. And while this emotional cocktail may not be great for your mental well-being, it does make Eurovision an excellent show to drink too.
Below are three things to keep in mind while watching Eurovision:
DON'T watch Eurovision expecting to find music that you appreciate, or even enjoy.
Sure, every so often there is a song that you can imagine being played on commercial radio.
But generally, Eurovision should be treated as an auto-tuned wreck of current, and past, pop trends.
DO watch Eurovision for the costumes.
Only half the fun of watching Eurovision comes from laughing at the singing, the other half comes from laughing at the performances. From shiny rhinestone encrusted drag queens, past twin irish midgets in matching red outfits and all the way to demonically inspired finish punk bands: Eurovision contestants go all out.
Equally hilarious are what some of the contestants aspire to achieve with their performance. Things can start out sounding like a quaint tribute to the contestants' heritage. That is until they reach the final thirty seconds of the song, and pyrotechnics and bizarre props explode onto the stage.
DO make a Eurovision Drinking Game.
For many, Eurovision wouldn't be the same without a drinking game. Inebriation is a time and tested method to pay homage to the amazing costumes and bad singing that keeps Eurovision in a league of its own.
There are plenty of websites around that can provide you with decent Eurovision drinking games. Crikey and Webtender are two good places to start.
If you are thinking of making your own drinking one, here are a few easy starters:
Sip when you hear off key singing
Sip when you see pyrotechnics
Drink when you see fake instruments
Drink when anyone arrives on stage by a method other than walking (roller blading, diving, being hoisted by a crane)
Drink when a performer changes costume
Scull when someone winks at the camera
It could be argued that the above list implies some rather mean things about the contestants, but the truth can hurt.
At the end of the day though, the contestants, the nations competing, and probably the judges too don't take Eurovision all that seriously.
The Eurovision Semi-Finals are being broadcast on Friday and Saturday, SBS, May 17th/18th, at 8.30 PM. The Final will be shown on Sunday, May 19th, at 7.30 PM. Tune in to SBS, listen to Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang commentate, and enjoy the show!
May 21 2013 is Tuesday, not Sunday.
This year (2013), Julia Zemiro will kickstart the SBS One Eurovision broadcast at 7.30 pm on Friday, May 17 and the 1st semifinal will start at 8.30 pm.
The second semifinal will be broadcast at 7.30 pm on Saturday 18th and the Final will be on Sunday, May 19 at 7.30 pm.