Syncing Memory. Do Not Disconnect
The Eurovision extravaganza is over for this year. The fans have left Norway, Germany is celebrating and Harel Skaat is probably licking his wounds somewhere in a dark corner. We didn’t win this year either and despite Harel’s Yemenite ancestry and the front-runner rumors, it soon became apparent that Israel wouldn’t even be among the top 10.
Despite warmly appreciated Cypriot efforts to keep diplomatic embarrassments from hurting Harel’s chances, I fear that a slightly bizarre body language and a few high notes sung painfully off-key spoiled whatever possibilities he might have had to bring the competition back to Jerusalem.
Oh, well. No big deal, Harelush. We still love you.
In Sweden, in the meantime, the analysis of the fiasco continues. Markus Larsson at Aftonbladet thinks that the Swedish taste is out of sync with the rest of Europe’s. Maybe he’s right about that, but I must say I start to doubt his judgment when he writes that Sweden has a tendency to vote for “something low-key, elegant and cool”.
He doesn’t go into details about what he means, but I honestly must say that I’m having a hard time seeing what’s so low-key, elegant or cool with the Swedish entries in the ESC from the last decade: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
The Swedish taste in music might be out of sync with Europe, but Mr. Larsson’s musical memory is clearly every bit as much out of sync with reality.
Entry filed under: Arts.