The Eurovision song contest: A singing competition whose sole purpose is to judge which country has the best musical talent, right?
If you are under this illusion, then it might be worth rethinking what you understand to be the Eurovision song contest The aim of the 62-year-old contest may be to transcend the political divide and bring countries together through song. However, unfortunately, in current political climates, sometimes that just can’t be.
With Ukraine being the host of the final this year, tensions were always going to be high. Russia’s entry Julia Samoylova has been barred entry to the country, by visiting Crimea in 2015. This led to a decision by the Eurovision council (yes, there is such a thing) to let Russia stream their entry via satellite, thus not having to enter Ukraine physically at all. However, Russia has decided to not enter the competition at all.
Politics have always played a part in Eurovision, with past scandals such as Greece boycotting in 1975 due to Turkey’s participation, just one year after Turkish troops had invaded Cyprus, and Armenia pulling out of Eurovision 2012 in Azerbaijan due to the two countries being in a long-running conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Three years earlier, Eurovision had ruled that Georgia’s entry broke contest rules banning political lyrics. I would advise everyone listen to Georgia’s 2009 very ambiguous political song, ‘We don’t wanna put in’. Get it?
Politics students might start to think how political decisions such as Brexit might start to influence more social and trivial issues. Music students might want to think about whether politics should play a part in music, and visa versa.
Unfortunately the UK this year hasn’t faired too well in both the EU and Eurovision. Only time will tell whether we will get another ‘boom bang-a-bang’ again?
- Music Scholarships There is a wide range of musical scholarships available to... Read more >
- Sports psychology for interviews Channel your inner champion Major sports personalities use these techniques... Read more >
- Maths Puzzle: The Age of Census A census-taker knocks on a door, and asks the woman... Read more >
- LNAT ‘So you want to go to Oxbridge’ Answers If you have been reading our book ‘So you want... Read more >
- The OA School’s Magazine: Issue 1 Last year, Oxbridge Applications launched its first ever Schools’ Magazine,... Read more >
- Choosing The Right A-Levels Picking subjects at A level can be a difficult decision... Read more >
- What makes a good interview? The notion of an academic interview with prominent Oxbridge academics is a major... Read more >
- July’s Top News Stories Read more about some of the biggest news stories to... Read more >
- Statistics: 2015 Annual Survey Want to find out what your chances are of getting... Read more >
- Personal Statement Workbook Download A personal statement is a unique document which is all... Read more >
- Oxford and Cambridge International Grade Requirements If you’re applying to Cambridge or Oxford but you’ve not... Read more >
- 20 Real-Life Oxford and Cambridge Interview Questions The Oxford and Cambridge interviews are notorious for having academically... Read more >
- HAT overview If you’re applying for History, or its joint schools, you... Read more >
- HAT mini mock paper The History Aptitude Test or ‘HAT’ must be sat by... Read more >
- PAT mini mock paper & answers The Physics Aptitude Test or PAT is required by Oxford... Read more >
- Download an Economics Personal Statement “I have a keen interest in current affairs but have... Read more >
- Maths & Hard Sciences: answer like a pro Maths, Physics, Chemistry – they’re brilliant because there is a right... Read more >
- Philosophy Reading List If you are interested in Philosophy, there are several options... Read more >
- English Language and Literature Reading List If you're applying for English, have a look at our... Read more >
- Download an English Personal Statement “My background as a student at a European School, including... Read more >
- Science Puzzle: experimenting with mice… We asked our Medicine graduate Jennifer to tell us a... Read more >
- Taking a Gap Year There are a number of advantages to taking a gap... Read more >
- Personal statement: our tips in the Independent Here are 3 quick tips every hopeful should consider before... Read more >
- Download a Philosophy Personal Statement “Philosophy of the mind is my particular interest, especially the... Read more >