What is the Eurovision Contest?
The contest is an annual original song competition, with participants from primarily European countries, and has been broadcast on tv since it started in 1956. It is one of the most-watched non-sporting events, and the world’s longest-running program. It has been broadcast even in countries that do not compete.
Who is the most well-known winner of the contest? That would be ABBA, the Swedish band, in 1974, giving that country its first win. What song did they sing? That would be “Waterloo.”
Every year a theme for the contest is set (this year’s was “Dare to Dream”), with each country submitting one original song (which may or may not connect to the theme) and then the artist performs it live. Votes are cast for the songs from listeners in the participating countries via telephone or text, but be quick about it – they only get 15 minutes! There is a jury that participates in deciding the winner, and there is a point system relating to the votes (and it’s too complicated to detail here).
This year’s winner was crowned last month, in Israel (the 2018 winner’s home country), for his original song “Arcade.” Duncan Laurence performed the piano ballad, winning strongly. The Grand Final show, with special guest appearances by Madonna (not her first at this annual event) and Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, was hosted by Israeli celebs, including model Bar Refaeli. (You may recall Bar “making out” with a chubby, curly-headed guy in a Super Bowl commercial a few years back.)
Let’s join the rest of the world in celebrating a Dutch victory at this international contest. How do we celebrate the Netherlands? With Douwe Egberts coffee, of course!
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Eurovision By The Numbers
- Total number of shows since the event began: 64
- Audience viewers internationally: 100 million to 600 million (200 million this year)
- Number of countries participating in the first year: 7
- Number of countries participating in 2019: 42
- Number of wins by the Netherlands: 5
- Winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest: 1 (The Netherlands)
- Most victories by a country: 7 (Ireland)
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Netherlands In The News
Commuters Bike During Strike
The end of May brought a public transportation strike in the Netherlands, affecting every sort of transport, and causing delays all over. But, the Dutch, being very practical, took to their bikes, riding to work via the motorways, to avoid traffic jams. Videos show huge groups of bikers driving along the highway, in special lanes just for the bikes. The strike was in response to government plans to increase the retirement age of workers.
That’s Some Expensive Fish!
The Dutch national food is considered to be herring by many aficionados, and herring season is open. The first barrel of Hollandse Nieuwe Herring was sold last week for 95 thousand euros ($107,000 USD), which was donated to a non-profit organization assisting families of children with cancer. Herring is served at most meals, and is often served with wine, pickled onions and gherkins.
As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!