Unfortunately this ThinkIn was live only so is not available on catch up.
Now with 41 countries taking part and 220m viewers worldwide, it’s become a camp Euro-pop microcosm of the complex geo-politics of Europe, with added pyrotechnics and backing dancers. What started in part as a TV project to test international broadcast technology has become a week-long juggernaut of nation branding, music diplomacy, bloc voting and questionable key changes. Despite attempts to take it seriously with credible artists and songwriters, the UK can’t get a break. Will Brexit and vaccine squabbles translate into another year of nul points? What kind of soft-power politicking goes on in the different blocs, and is the voting system fair? Which countries are the main contenders this year, and how can you spot a winner? If it didn’t already exist we’d never invent it today, so what role, if any, does Eurovision play on the world cultural stage?
We’ll also take a look at some of the entries in this year’s competition, explore how Eurovision relates to current music trends (or not), and take a moment to celebrate (or be baffled by) its enduring appeal. Fancy dress and nationalist snacks optional.
editor and invited experts
Broadcaster, Songstress, Mistress of Ceremonies and Eurovision fan
Dr Catherine Baker
Lecturer, specialist in international relations and cultural studies, University of Hull
Cabaret and drag superstar, owner of The Glory
The Honest Vocal Coach