Hello, comrades, and welcome to A Week In May, a newsletter dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest and adjacent music events. This is M. de la Rosa, from Mexico — Yes, a country that has nothing to do with Eurovision, but is somehow home to some incredibly passionate fans —, and this is mostly a vehicle for me to engage with other fellow lovers of the show, as well as casual observers who might be curious about what’s going on in this wacky universe.
I usually write about Music and Film on sites like The Young Folks and The Singles Jukebox, but when it comes to Eurovision stuff, I prefer to connect with the community directly (on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube primarily). And this newsletter will also be an opportunity for anyone who wants to guest post and submit their opinions on the different aspects of the ESC. The point is to make a conversation around the show in a way that flows better.
That being said, let me start with two things: First, Happy New Year, everyone! This decade will be great. And I’m basing this claim on faith alone, but I really trust us to make this decade the beginning of a better world, despite how the diabolical machinations of the powerful are trying to show the opposite. I do believe in our capacity to correct the course, provide an alternative to the Capitalist hellscape we’re living, and offer some needed justice for once. And I believe it’s our absolute duty to our species and to the planet to do so.
Second, this is also a time to reflect on the great ESC moments we’ve experienced during the 2010s. Yes, we had controversies, like the change in the voting systems, and tensions like the definitive departure of Turkey, but ultimately, we got a contest that accelerated its path to modernization, presented its share of visual innovations, and most importantly, the overall quality of the songs did increase. Not only we finally got a contest where the production rose up to the expectations of an ever-expanding global music landscape, but we also got one where the songs actually sounded like something out of our countries’ charts.
For now, all I can present to you is the massive list of my top 100 favorite Eurovision songs of the 2010s I made for The Young Folks. Consider it an introduction to what I will feature here, and also a brief guide to what the contest itself has to offer. It took me some sleepless and a couple of nostalgia attacks, but I’m particularly proud of my picks. You can read it here:
More news, opinions, and audio pieces are to come, so see you soon. This will be our decade.