Eurovision has changed over the last decade—it has become less cheesy. With a global audience of 200 million, it has over 43 billion views on YouTube.
Founded in 1965, it has changed in some technical respects but remained the same at the core. It is a music contest. The country that wins will host the show the following year.
There are those who say that Eurovision has matured politically in the last ten years. One culmination of this assessment happened when Ukraine won the contest in 2016. The country’s entry for a song is about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars at the hands of Joseph Stalin.
It was an ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide. There were at last 191,000 people who died in 1944. In this political war, the Soviet government moved women, children, and the elderly in cattle trains.
Eurovision also introduced a split between televoting and the juries in the last ten years. They did it in an effort to show transparency.
Today, there are no more powerhouses. What it means is that many countries that people expected to dominate did not even qualify. Examples of these are Russia, Romania, and Bosnia.
The non-qualifications indicate today that the audiences are also growing—their tastes do not have dependencies on big names in the music industry. This change in genre gave way to the rise of counties like Cyprus, the Netherlands, and Hungary.
Futurism and Technology
Eurovision has had its fair share of fashion trends over the years. In the 1960s, fashion was formally sophisticated. They wore suits and dresses.
In the 2010s, it was about futuristic fashion. Although the decade gave a throwback to the 1980s with shoulder pads on dresses, performers such as Ireland’s Jedward gave it a futuristic spin.
From here onwards, futurism became the theme of Eurovision in the 2010s. Technological advances accelerated in 2016, and it was visible in the dress of Croatia’s Nina Krajilic. In 2018, Estonia took the limelight with Elina Nechayeva’s dress, which covered the entire floor.
New Movers and Shakers
The decade witnessed the sad departure of some countries like Turkey, Bulgaria, and Slovakia. Australia, on the other hand, was a welcome addition. They have committed their participation until 2023.
Their commitment is serious. They approached the contest with a perfect plan, and the quality of their entries proved it. The country’s qualification rate is 100%, and it has an 80% top 10 record.
The decade has shown what technology can do for shows. The last ten years exposed people to interactive LED screens, augmented reality, and projection dresses.
Eurovision is not shy in using its platform as a place to experiment on technological capabilities. They are pushing the frontiers of live broadcasting. Audiences also saw notable changes in the seamless camera cuts, the choreography, and many other things.
One cannot help but think that it is like a casino online. For a time, these games were just ordinary computer games. However, developers and operators were not afraid to try new things. Today, there are live casinos online—sites where the dealer is operating the game from a studio while players are gambling in their homes.
Eurovision has shown a change in the tempo of the music. Simply put, it refers to the number of beats per minute or BPM for each song.
Eurovision, as a whole, is bunched at the range of 120 and 125 BPM. Most Eurovision songs can be no longer than three minutes. A typical song has about four beats per bar. In total, the result is 360 beats in three minutes, played at 120 beats per minute.
There was also a change in the energy of songs. In the last decade, more and more songs have been geared towards dancing.
Fluctuation in the Quality of Music
Back in 2013, there was nothing that stood out. It was not particularly bad, but it was not amazing. The trend continued for the next two years.
Over the years, some fans became disconnected from Eurovision. Some stayed true to the nostalgia of 2012, where the entries were not horrendous.
The years that followed had a turning point. Entries pushed for polished pop, and many pundits thought that it was a positive innovation.
The challenge for the succeeding years is how to make Eurovision more exciting. The juries must also be regulated. As such, the audiences will see them as fair, not as a group that has collusion.
What Is the future of Eurovision?
Eurovision’s spokesperson, Dave Goodman, said that the show has 100 years more of competition. The 65th show closed in 2021. In its history, it only closed for a year due to the pandemic.
Dave added that Eurovision is special to the hearts of many people. The show has a special relationship with many people who grew up watching it. As such, it has become an event that they anticipate every year.
Eurovision’s format is also timeless. It keeps up with the trends not only in technology but also in music. Because of its flexibility, the show has a bright future to look forward to.