Balladvision 2015

Every year since 2012 I have, in various blogs, posted reviews of all the participating countries in the Eurovision song contest. Sadly, this year will be different because this year I am… well, Sherlock puts it best:

Bored. Swap out “criminal classes” with “EBU countries” and “wall” with “blog.” There are only so many times I can say, “well, what do you know, another ballad that sounds like all the other ballads” before I start becoming snarky and mean-spirited.

What brought this on is listening to three ballads in a row and not wanting to review any of them. I’m not going to name countries, but from this point forward, if I don’t review a song it’s because my reaction was “meh.” I’m more likely to review a song I don’t like than one that bores me.

Eurovision 2015 has become Balladvision and Anglovision. Don’t get me wrong. I like a good English-language ballad as much as the next person, but that doesn’t mean I want to listen to 30+ in a row.

This isn’t a diss against the performers! They are talented professional artists who deserve accolades for representing their countries. Many of them do not choose the songs they perform at Eurovision.

I love Eurovision and remain an avid fan, but I’m disappointed in this year’s contest. Here’s hoping 2016 brings the variety a show of this caliber needs!

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